Women and Heart Disease

You are unique - and so is your heart.

Many women are unaware that heart attacks are the leading cause of death for both women and men. Although the heart attack risk is the same for both sexes, women's bodies often respond differently than men's during a heart attack.

Women don't always have pain in their arm or chest when having a heart attack. Instead, a woman may experience other symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, and back or jaw pain. Women are also less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment.

The most important thing you can do? Trust your body. If you think something is wrong, don't hesitate to call 9-1-1.

If you're ready to start taking care of your heart, check out these simple ways to prevent heart problems.

If you have questions or would like more information, e-mail us or call 319/369-8909.

Women & Heart Disease Articles and Videos featuring UnityPoint Health experts

Women & Heart Disease: How a woman's heart attack symptoms are different Featuring Dr. Laila Payvandi, UnityPoint Clinic Cardiology

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 15 Heart Healthy Ways to Take Care of Your Heart

View all articles and videos at unitypoint.org/livewell.