Heart Disease in Women
Although heart disease is often thought of as a health problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year. An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but many are unaware of the threat they face. One challenge is that heart disease symptoms in women can be different from symptoms in men. Fortunately, women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and begin to reduce their risk.
Women can reduce their chances of heart disease by taking these actions:
- Know your blood pressure.
- Don’t smoke.
- Get tested for diabetes.
- Get your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Find healthy ways to cope with stress by talking to your friends, exercising, or writing in a journal.
Nancy's Heart Story
About three years ago, I experienced a burning sensation in my esophagus. I thought it was acid reflux, but over the next day the pain worsened. I contacted my primary care physician, who gave me Prilosec to treat the condition, but it did not help and the burning continued to worsen.
Read Nancy's Heart Story