IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT WOMEN & HEART ATTACKS
Which raises the question, why?
“No one with multiple cardiac disease risk factors – including a young woman – is too young to have a heart attack,” says McLeod Cardiologist Anil Om, MD. “While heart disease is thought by many to be a problem for older people, in today’s world many young people have risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity.”
REASONS WOMEN SUFFER
In exploring reasons for this imbalance in heart attacks, researchers found the following:
ACTIONS TO TAKE
If you feel you’re having a heart attack, call 911 and take a non-coated aspirin. Don’t wait. Let your woman’s intuition protect you. Women who’ve suffered a heart attack – even though they didn’t know the symptoms – said afterward they thought something serious was wrong.
In some ways, the path to solving this problem is simple: Younger patients, especially women, need more information and education about what to expect with a heart attack and what to do.
The articles below may help you.
Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, American College of Cardiology, Yale School of Public Health, Women’s Heart Foundation