What are the signs of heart disease in women?
Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the chest lasting
more than a few minutes
- Jaw pain radiating down to neck, arm
- Indigestion/upper abdominal pain
- Short of breath with mild exertion
- Chronic fatigue without reason
- Racing or irregular heart beat
- Heart palpitations—very strong or fast
- Unexplained perspiration/cold sweat
- Lightheadedness, fainting, dizziness
- Lower back pain without apparent cause
What can I do?
- Talk to your physician about your risk factors
- Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
- Aerobic exercise 30 minutes 5-7 days each week
- Adopt a low fat diet with less than 30% of calories from fat and consume
more than 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Keep your blood pressure under 120/80
- Have your cholesterol level checked, keep levels in healthy range:
- Discuss the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with
- Develop strategies to adapt to stress
The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center is located at Aurora St Luke’s
Medical Center and the Aurora Women’s Pavilion. Each site has a comprehensive
library and resource center with personal programs and services dedicated to
increasing “awareness” and prevention of heart disease in women.
Individualized programs based upon a woman’s clinical needs and personal
preferences are available to assist women identifying and controlling their risk
of heart disease.