FDA Office of Women’s Health: Getting a Beat on What Women Know about Heart Health

-Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, heart disease killed 299,578 women, which is about 1 in every 5 female deaths? We set out to find what women know about heart .

Here’s what we found out. What is the leading cause of death for women? -I don’t really know. [ Laughs ] -I would say breast cancer. -I think it might be heart disease. -Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

Do you think age is a risk factor for heart disease? -Heart disease. I would say starting in the 50s would be an age factor for heart disease. -As you get older, it gets worse. -The risk of heart disease increases for everyone as they age.

For women, the risk goes up after menopause. But younger women can also develop heart disease. What are the symptoms of a heart attack? - constriction, pain in the . I’ve always heard the left arm hurts.

-Tightness in your . -Shortness of breath. -The symptoms of a heart attack are an ache or feeling of tightness in the , arms, neck, jaw, back, or abdomen, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, light-headedness, extreme fatigue, break out in a cold sweat.

Are the symptoms of a heart attack the same for women and men? -I assume that the symptoms for heart attack for men and women are the same. -The symptoms for women aren’t as obvious as they are for men.

-I know it’s different for women. -While the most common symptom for both women and men is chest discomfort, you can have a heart attack without experiencing chest pain or pressure. Symptoms in women can be the same or different as those in men.

Women are more likely to have other symptoms, such as back pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea or vomiting. Has anyone in your life been affected by heart disease? -My brother passed away last year from heart disease.

-My grandma passed away from some kind of a heart attack or heart disease, actually. -My mother-in-law had heart disease. -I think of my father, who died of a heart attack at 46. -I’ve lost my sister, who was older than me.

-Take steps today to improve your heart health. Eat a healthy diet, manage your health conditions, know the signs of a heart attack. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about your heart health or risk factors.

We hope you learned something new today. Learn more at… did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017 heart disease killed two hundred ninety nine thousand five hundred seventy eight women which is about one in every five female deaths we set out to find what women know about heart health here’s what we found out what is the leading cause of death for women I’m not ready I will say breast cancer I think it might be heart disease heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States do you think age is a risk factor for heart disease but soon I would say starting in the 50s would be an age factor for as you get older it gets worse the risk of heart disease increases for everyone as they age for women the risk goes up after menopause but younger women can also develop heart disease what are the symptoms of a heart attack chest constriction pain in the chest and I’ve always heard the left arm hurts tightness in your chest shortness of breath the symptoms of a heart attack are an ache or feeling of tightness in the chest arms neck jaw back or abdomen shortness of breath nausea or vomiting lightheadedness extreme fatigue break out in a cold sweat are the symptoms of a heart attack the same for women and men I assume that the symptoms for heart attack to men and women are the same the symptoms for women aren’t as obvious as they are for men I know it’s different for women well the most common symptom for both women and men is chest discomfort you can have a heart attack without experiencing chest pain or pressure symptoms and women can be the same or different as those in men women are more likely to have other symptoms such as back pain jaw pain shortness of breath indigestion nausea or vomiting has anyone in your life been affected by heart disease my brother passed away last year from a heart disease my grandma passed away from attack or heart disease actually my mother-in-law had heart disease I think of my father who died of a heart attack at 46 I’ve lost my sister who was older than me take steps today to improve your heart health eat a healthy diet manage your health conditions know the signs of a heart attack talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about your heart health or risk factors we hope you learn something new today learn more at WWF da govt slash women’s heart health

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