Today is National Wear Red Day. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country. Because the disease presents differently in women than men, it often goes unrecognized and untreated. Take some time to familiarize yourself with some of the indicators.
1. Unconventional symptoms such as fatigue, malaise, shortness of breath, nausea, and depression.
2. First heart attack around age 70 with a higher fatality rate than indicated in men.
3. Women are more likely to have microvascular disease.
5. Low HDL
6. High triglycerides
7. Waist measurement greater than 35 inches
8. Inflammatory disorders
9. Back, neck, or jaw pain
10. Vomiting or indigestion
The majority of women who suffer from a heart attack never experience that debilitating chest pain as pictured in movies and on television. Please see your physician for appropriate testing to see if you are at risk for heart disease. Prevention is key.