- Add to common heart attack signs and symptoms, those found in women:
- A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the chest
- Irregular heartbeats
- Silent heart attacks where no symptoms are present, can also occur
(Source: Spokane Valley Hospital Magazine Winter 2012; Women and Heart Disease flyer (Dr.Oz interviewed Barbara Streisand); Reporting by Katie at ABC New, September 2012)
- Hormone-replacement therapy prescribed for post-menopausal women has been linked to strokes, and pregnant women, and those who’ve just given birth also face higher risk. (Source: American Heart Association, January 2015)
- The risk for heart disease can increase even more when heredity is combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking or eating a poor diet.
- 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented with healthy choices
- Ideal blood pressure is under 120/80. High blood pressure, above 140/90, is considered hypertension and can cause damage.
- The total cholesterol desirable range is less than 200. Above 240 is considered in the risk range.
- The LDL desirable range is less than 100. Above 160 is considered in the risk range.
- The HDL desirable range is 60 or higher. Less than 40 in men and less than 50 in women is considered in the risk range.
- The triglycerides desirable range is 150 or less. Above 200 is considered in the risk range.
(Source: Providence Health Care’s Heart Healthy guide 2015)
- Health tips for women:
- Eat a Mediterranean style diet
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise at least 30 minutes each day
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Go to the dentist. Bacteria in your mouth can cause chronic inflammation which can trigger heart attacks and strokes
. (Source: Spokane Valley Hospital Magazine Winter 2012; Women and Heart Disease flyer (Dr.Oz interviewed Barbara Streisand); Reporting by Katie at ABC New, September 2012)