When a character in a movie has a heart attack, they typically clutch their chest, have trouble breathing and fall to the ground with sharp chest pains. This is a common reaction but there is a wide range of symptoms associated with a heart attack that do not always include distinct chest pain, especially in women. Can’t stress that point enough, ladies!
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. and it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart health is not just something to be concerned about when we’re older. A recent study by Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities found that heart attack rates have risen among individuals ages 35-54, especially women.
February is Heart Health Month. Your lifestyle dictates your chance of heart problems, including stroke and nearly all other types of illness. 80% of heart disease is preventable, which is good news. In this episode, I share lifestyle tips for a healthy heart, a healthier body and longevity as well as some surprising heart attack symptoms to be aware of that are also associated with other issues so they often go ignored.
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