When it comes to women's heart health, it’s important to maintain a lifestyle that includes a heart-healthy diet and exercise. Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death for women. Learn more about women’s heart health here.
While not all heart disease risk factors can be controlled, it’s important to understand how these factors can affect women's heart health. These factors can include:
Women should keep in mind that a healthy diet, regular exercise and reduced stress can improve heart health and lower the risk of a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about options to reduce risk factors. Learn more about risk factors for women’s heart health here.
It’s important for women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack as they can be subtle. Signs of a heart attack may include indigestion, shortness of breath and more. Learn about heart attack and silent heart attack symptoms from the professionals at Banner.
While both men and women experience some of the same symptoms, it’s important to note the differences. Men and women both experience symptoms like:
Additionally, women may experience additional symptoms like:
Be aware of women's heart attack signs and symptoms to ensure you get the right help.
It’s important to understand the risk factors that you can control to help reduce the risk of heart disease. When it comes to preventing heart disease in women and in men, it’s important to:
Controlling these factors can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are on and discuss your healthy lifestyle plan.
Find out the truth behind these myths about women’s heart health.
Myth: Heart disease is more common in men.
Truth: The leading cause of death for both men and women is heart disease.
Myth: Women who are active and exercise regularly won’t get heart disease.
Truth: While exercise and a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, it does not eliminate it completely.
Myth: People think signs of heart attacks in women are easy to spot.
Truth: Not all women experience chest pain and other symptoms can be subtle, making a heart attack difficult to spot.
Let the team at Banner Health ease your mind about women's heart health. Reach out with any questions and trust us to help you learn about heart disease and reduce your risk.