Heart disease has become the number one killer of women. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, and it affects around 43 million of women in the United States. But one of the most dangerous facts about heart disease is this: you may not notice the symptoms.
Heart disease kills approximately one woman every 60 seconds. But even more frightening than this: 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. This is scary because symptoms vary from person to person, and they’re very easy to interpret as something else. You may not even notice the symptoms, but you can pay attention to the risks you’re taking with your heart.
Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, problems affecting many U.S. women. Smoking and lack of physical activity also create risk factors. If you engage in any risky behavior or have any of these problems, you should be especially mindful of potential symptoms.
Heart Disease Symptoms
In many cases, heart disease doesn’t come with symptoms and warning signs. This is why it’s such a deadly foe. However, you can pay attention to potential signs of heart problems. Chest and/or arm pains, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, chronic feelings of being tired and abnormal heartbeat are all warning signs and potential symptoms of heart disease.
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t panic. Make a note of what is happening and when it’s happening, and consult with your physician. If your symptoms become severe, this could be a sign that you are having a heart attack and you must seek treatment immediately.
There are several tests which can determine whether or not you have heart disease. You may be asked to take an EKG, stress test, chest x-ray, echocardiography, blood test or an EBCT, among others.
A Dangerous Heart
Heart disease can kill. Pay attention to the risky behavior you may be engaged in and the diet you’re eating. High fat, high salt diets increase your risk factor for developing heart disease. Listen to your body, and be wary of any potential dangerous symptoms you develop. Talk to your physician about testing that could help you determine whether or not your heart is healthy. And be mindful of your heart health. Don’t allow the disease to win.