Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.

About 1 in 16 women age 20 and older (6.2%) have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease.

When you ask women about what disease they are most afraid of getting, breast cancer will most likely be the answer. However, did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women?  Heart disease is usually associated with men, but women are at risk, as well. 

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women

These symptoms can happen when you are resting or when you are doing regular daily activities. Keep in mind that some women experience no symptoms at all.

  • Angina (dull and heavy or sharp chest pain or discomfort)

  • Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat

  • Pain in the upper abdomen or back

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

Sometimes heart disease may be “silent” and not diagnosed until you have other symptoms  including:

Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back or neck pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, dizziness, and shortness of breath

Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations)

Heart failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, or swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, abdomen, or neck veins

If you have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the number one killer of both women and men.  CAD is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries, called atherosclerosis, which blocks blood flow to the heart and increases the risk for a heart attack.

12 Ways to Protect Your Heart

The key to having a healthy heart is taking a proactive approach rather than waiting until it’s too late. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease naturally:

1. Eat lots of organic vegetables and fruit daily.

2. Exercise several times a week and maintain a healthy body weight.

3. Quit smoking - it damages blood vessels and raises blood pressure.

4. Limit alcohol intake to 1 drink per day.

5. Keep your stress levels to a minimum. 

6. Try to get a good night’s sleep every night.

7. Avoid sugar and simple carbs which cause inflammation.

8. Detox regularly - toxins increase risk of atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

9. Optimize thyroid hormone levels - hypothyroidism can cause coronary artery disease

10. Optimize estrogen levels in postmenopausal women.

11. Take Heart-Healthy Vitamins – Ubiquinol, vitamin C, L-Lysine, L-Proline, vitamin D, magnesium, garlic, and fish oil.

12. Get a CT heart scan. It can save your life.

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Source: CDC.gov