Heart disease: No. 1 killer of women

Published: Feb 12 2014 11:04:04 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 24 2014 02:36:17 PM EST
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60,000 more women than men die each year from coronary artery disease. Increasing awareness of heart issues in women is the first step toward reducing the death rate from this largely preventable killer. Understanding risks, prevention and symptoms are all integral to heightened knowledge and a lower risk of heart disease. Woman having heart attack chest pain Mayo Clinic Health System family physician, Jonny Salim, M.D., says to seize the moment and commit yourself to becoming a heart-healthy woman today.

Risks
It’s well-documented that high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity are major risk factors for heart disease. But there are risks that affect women more than men:

No matter your age, be sure to speak with your health care provider if you think you may be at risk for heart disease.

Heart attack warning signs
Another common message is that crushing chest pain is an indicator of a possible heart attack. While this is true, heart attack signs in women can be very different. 

Aside from chest discomfort, women should take immediate action if they notice any of these symptoms:

Avoiding heart disease
Heart disease and heart attacks are not to be taken lightly. The encouraging reality is that a healthy heart is within reach -- it just takes a little effort. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk for heart complications:

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