February is Heart Health Month. Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not just a man’s disease…One in 4 women in the United States will die of heart disease, while 1 in 30 will die from breast cancer.
The symptoms of heart disease are different for women than they are for men, and many women don’t know what to watch for. The most common warning signs for women are listed below:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.The discomfort can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.
- Shortness of breath, especially if it occurs during activities that don’t typically bother you
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body,including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Other signs include nausea, light-headedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.