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WOMEn-and-heart-disease2Early detection and treatment saves lives from this frequent killer.

Women's Heart Disease is the nation's number one killer and I'll bet that you didn't know that over a lifetime, it kills five times as many women as breast cancer! Don't let this happen to you or someone that you know.


The week before usually includes the symptoms of a chesty cold or a slight chest infection followed by a pain across the jaw area, blue fingers, a sudden pain shooting up one arm followed by a burning sensation in the chest as if it had a very heavy weight on top of it. That is a sure fire case that someones heart is in trouble!

Preventing death from a heart attack is all about detecting symptoms and getting help from a doctor quickly. Sadly, approximately half of deaths resulting from heart disease could have been prevented if the people experiencing the symptoms had received treatment straight away, especially within an hour of first having any chest pain.

Be Aware of Risk Factors and Symptoms of Women's Heart Disease


Like most modern day illnesses and diseases, Women's Heart Disease can be avoided through a healthy lifestyle including a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise, but if you ever experience the symptoms of women's heart disease, getting treatment as quickly as possible at the very first signs of distress is vital for life saving treatments and medicines to work.  Make sure that you are taken straight to the hospital immediately.  Do not wait even in the case that you start to feel better.  Every minute counts!


Early Symptoms Of Heart Attacks For Women: It is important to note that about a third of women experience absolutely no chest pain at all when having a heart attack.  71% of women report flu-like symptoms for between two and four weeks before experiencing any sharp chest pain. Also there may be discomfort or shortness of breath. These milder symptoms, although often not reported, should not be ignored. Do tell the emergency room staff about them. The treatment used for both men and woman's heart disease is clot buster medicine and coronary angioplasties which both work best if implemented immediately after the first signs of distress.  That is why prompt treatment is vital.

You are at higher risk of having a heart attack if you do any of the following:

  • Smoking or second-hand smoke exposure
  • Birth control pills (in combination with smoking)
  • Past coronary artery disease or heart attack
  • History of heart disease in your family
  • Elevated lipids
  • irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Post-menopausal
  • Inactive lifestyle

Warning Signs, heart attack symptoms in women:

  • Pain, pressure, fullness, soreness or squeezing in the middle of the chest
  • Difficulty with breathing as well as shortness of breath
  • Sharp or stabbing chest pain
  • Radiating pain to shoulder(s), neck, back, arm(s) or jaw
  • Palpitations or sensing extra heartbeats
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • severe indigestion, nausea and/or vomiting
  • Uncalled for sweating
  • Dizziness and/or weakness
  • Sudden severe fatigue
  • Panic with a sense of imminent doom

If You Think You Are Having A Heart Attack

  • Call 911 without delay and state clearly to the operator that you are having a heart attack.
  • Chew an un-coated aspirin immediately to lessen any damage to the heart muscle.
  • Without driving yourself, get as quickly as possible to the nearest hospital or medical facility with 24-hour emergency cardiac care.
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