Women and Heart Health

  • Add to common heart attack signs and symptoms, those found in women:

    • A feeling of heaviness or pressure in the chest

    • Anxiety

    • Fainting

    • Vomiting
    • 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)


Statistics
  • 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)
What You Can Do
  • 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)