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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:
High blood pressure
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.