Our third installment of our Girls’s Well being Month sequence options Azadeh Toofaninejad, DO, a heart specialist with Dignity Well being Mercy Medical Group, sharing steerage on how coronary heart illness impacts girls. Dr. Toofaninejad addresses signs to look out for, danger components and life-style adjustments girls could make to lower their danger of coronary heart illness.
What are coronary heart illness signs in girls?
Dr. Toofaninejad: Coronary heart illness is the main reason behind loss of life for girls in america. Typically, girls could have no signs of coronary heart illness, and others might expertise various severity of signs together with:
- Chest discomfort (also called Angina)
- Neck, throat or jaw ache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Again or higher stomach ache
Consider, these signs could also be gentle, and a few girls might expertise them throughout sleep. Whereas these signs might not really feel as intense because the debilitating chest ache that usually coincides with a coronary heart assault, it’s crucial for girls to contact their major care physician or ask to be referred to a heart specialist if they’re experiencing any of the above signs.
What are widespread danger components that contribute to coronary heart illness in girls?
Dr. Toofaninejad: To assist stop coronary heart illness, we give attention to reducing or eliminating widespread danger components together with:
- Excessive ldl cholesterol
- Weight problems
- Household historical past of untimely coronary heart illness
Girls who expertise problems throughout being pregnant, are in menopause or have low estrogen ranges are additionally at the next danger for coronary heart illness. Moreover, inflammatory ailments together with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus might enhance danger.
What life-style adjustments can girls make to decrease their danger?
Dr. Toofaninejad: Easy life-style adjustments like exercising frequently, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, sustaining a nutritious diet and managing stress ranges are all methods girls can enhance their coronary heart well being and assist stop coronary heart illness. Embracing a wholesome life-style can have a major influence on girls’s well being.
Realizing the indicators of coronary heart illness might save your life, however generally there aren’t any signs. Contact your major care doctor to debate your danger for coronary heart illness, or seek the advice of our “Discover a Physician” software to discover a Dignity Well being Medical Group physician close to you.
Don’t overlook to examine our Dignity Well being Medical Teams Weblog for the most recent installments of our Girls’s Well being Month reminders, together with perception from physicians specializing in major care and OB-GYN care.