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HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN

Coronary Artery Disease:

Are Women at Risk?It is common misconception that women do not develop Coronary Artery Disease. Much like men, women are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks, although in terms of the likelihood, it is lower.


Having said that, women in general are still more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer.


What are the Risk Factors for Women?

The risk factors are the same as for men, and include:

  • Family history

  • Age

  • Smoking

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Diabetes mellitus

  • Obesity


Unique Features of Heart Disease in Women

Women are more likely to present with atypical symptoms of heart disease, like:

  • Indigestion or gas-like pain

  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting

  • Unexplained weakness, fatigue

  • Discomfort/pain between shoulder blades

  • Recurring atypical chest discomfort


When in doubt, it is advisable to see a cardiologist for an urgent/early review, depending on the nature and severity of symptoms.


For the asymptomatic, risk factor control, a healthy lifestyle, and an annual health screening must not be neglected.



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