Heart Health for Women
Few people seem to consider cardiovascular disease as a woman's disease. According to the CDC, Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013—that's about 1 in every 4 female deaths. It kills nearly twice as many women in the United States than all types of cancer, including breast cancer. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year.
Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women
Many women have no symptoms of heart disease. Others may experience:
- Heart Attack: Chest pain or discomfort.
- Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest.
- Heart Failure: Shortness of breath and/or fatigue.
- Stroke: Sudden weakness, inability to move and/or numbness of face/arms/legs usually on one side of the body.
Risk Factors in Women
- Overweight and Obesity
- Unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol use
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