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Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Heart Disease in Texas Women.
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  2. What heart attack symptoms are more common in women? Women are more likely than men to have a different symptom of heart attack than chest pain or discomfort. These symptoms include: Pain in the back, neck, jaw, or throat Indigestion Heartburn Nausea (feeling sick to the stomach) Vomiting Extreme fatigue (tiredness) Problems breathing (shortness of breath) Women are more likely than men to have heart attacks that do not show obvious symptoms. These are called silent heart attacks. All women should know and talk about their risk factors for heart attack with their doctor or
  3. Heart Disease and Stroke Heart disease and stroke are important health issues for all women. Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and stroke is fourth. While heart disease is most common in older women, most women between 40 and 60 years old have at least one risk factor for heart disease. The good news is that you can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke at any age. In the United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease in both men and women is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that
  4. Other diseases and conditions, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can also increase a woman’s risk of heart disease. According to new guidelines released by the AHA, illnesses linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease should now be incorporated into a woman’s overall risk factor evaluation. Physical inactivity is a significant risk factor for heart disease, yet millions of Americans still don’t exercise at all. Many studies have shown that exercise reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, increases HDL cholesterol levels, regulates glucose, lowers blood pressure, and incr
  5. Cholesterol levels are also related to a person’s risk of heart disease. Doctors look at how your levels of LDL, HDL, and fats called triglycerides relate to each other and to your total cholesterol level. Before menopause, women in general have higher cholesterol levels than men because estrogen increases HDL levels in the blood. A study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology found that HDL levels were the most important predictor of cardiovascular health. That is, the higher a woman’s HDL level, the less likely she is to have a cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke. But
  6. Modifiable Risk Factors for Women Women need to be aware of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the importance of making lifestyle changes that may reduce those risks. Factors such as race, increasing age, and a family history of heart disease cannot be changed. Other risk factors, however, can be changed or eliminated by making informed decisions about cardiovascular health. Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Although the overall number of adult smokers has decreased in this country during the last 20 years, the number of teenaged girls who
  7. Estrogen and Heart Disease Studies have shown that after menopause, women experience an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers have connected this pattern to decreasing levels of the female hormone estrogen during menopause—a process that begins around age 50. Estrogen is associated with higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good cholesterol”) and lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad cholesterol”). Withdrawal of the natural estrogen that occurs in menopause leads to lower “good cholesterol” and higher “bad cholesterol” thus increasing the risk of heart d
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