Did you know that about 110 women die of cardiovascular disease in South Africa each day?
When you think heart attack victim, you may picture an overweight, middle aged man gripping the left side of his chest, right? Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease” present stats suggests that more women are dying of cardiovascular disease than men, and that they’re unlikely to survive their first attack.
Men and women are indeed different when it comes to heart disease. But why are heart conditions amongst women reaching alarming proportions? The problem could be twofold. Either women are being misdiagnosed or they are misinterpreting the signs.
Like many other conditions, not all heart attack symptoms are the same for men and women. Women are likely to experience atypical (although sometimes typical) symptoms which could include: unusual heavy pressure to the chest, sharp upper body pain in the jaw, neck or back, cold sweats, swollen feet, unusual fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, or unexplained nausea.
Also, 64% of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease reported no previous symptoms at all! So yes, you could blame lightheadedness on standing up too fast, or believe that you’re unusually tired due to a crappy night’s sleep … subtle symptoms which could easily be overlooked, right?
The good news is that for most women, heart disease is preventable 80% of the time by making a few lifestyle changes. We all know that eating healthy is key in modifying blood lipids and controlling cholesterol, but we have a few other heart-healthy ideas:
So ladies, start today to prioritise cardiovascular disease management.
“With a healthy heart … the beat goes on” – The Fresh Quotes
Source: netcare.co.za, theconversation.com, citizen.co.za, heartfoundation.co.za, womenshealthmag.com, cdc.gov, healthcaredive.com, webmd.com
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.