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heart disease in women

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

A lot of people think that women do not get heart disease. More women die from heart disease than from anything else. Any woman can get heart disease.
The most important sign is feeling really tired - even after enough sleep. Other signs of heart disease in women are:
-- trouble sleeping
-- trouble breathing
-- an ache in the chest
-- new or worse headaches
-- feeling scared or nervous
-- feeling sick to the stomach
-- a burning feeling in the chest
-- feeling 'heavy' or 'tight' in the chest
-- pain in the back, between the shoulders
-- pain in the belly, above the belly button
-- pain or tightness in the chest that spreads to the jaw, neck, shoulders, ear, or the inside of the arms

How to lower your risk of heart disease?
-- eat less salt.
-- control your diabetes.
-- get your cholesterol checked often.
-- eat right and keep a healthy weight.
-- find out if heart disease runs in your family.
-- visit your doctor or clinic often. Find out if you are at risk.
-- do not smoke. Stay away from other people who are smoking.
-- hormones for menopause should not be used to prevent heart attacks.
-- being stressed, angry, or sad a lot may add to your risk of heart attack.
-- stay active. Walking every day can lower your chances of a heart attack.
-- get your blood pressure checked often. You might need medicine to keep it at the right level.
-- if you have had a heart attack, talk to your doctor about medicine. Some medicines can help cut down the risk of having another heart attack.

Watch your blood pressure. High blood pressure adds to the chance of having heart disease. High blood pressure is called the silent killer. Most people who have it do not feel sick and do not know that they have it. Have your blood pressure checked each time you go to the doctor or clinic.





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