Heart Disease in women is one of the most overlooked while it is one of the leading killer in developed countries.
Following information can help keep tab on the heart disease in women.
- Women, beginning 10 years post menopause, and with a family history of heart disease or are obese should check with their physician for a stress test. It is also recommended if you want to start advance or vigorous exercise program or if you have heaviness in the chest or shortness of breath when walking uphill.
- Emotional stress is a greater heart risk factor in women than in men. One can manage emotional stress levels through exercise, meditation or yoga
- Symptoms of a heart attack in women differ from those in men. In women it also causes nausea, jaw pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.
- Alcohol abuse can lead to an enlarged heart, heart rhythm disorders and increased risk of stroke.
- While on long distance flights, it is important that one drink plenty of water and move your legs as much as possible to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously. Women under the age of 65, and especially those with a family history of heart disease, need to pay close attention to heart disease risk factors.