(Mirror Daily, United States) – According to the latest studies women are more prone to heart problems than men are. This is why February is now officially the national heart problems awareness month. Red is the new pink when it comes to health campaigns.
It seems that one in three women die each year in America because of stroke or heart diseases. This means that every 80 seconds or so a woman dies because of heart-related problems that could have been avoided with proper treatment.
Even though approximately forty-four million women in America suffer from cardiovascular diseases, only one in five women is actually aware of the death risk of heart problems and strokes. This is one of the main reasons for which women are dying because of curable illnesses.
But the awful numbers don’t seem to strike the public. Women are still not considering heart problems as their number one health enemy. The problem is that cardiovascular diseases kill more women each year than every type of cancer combined.
The good news is that, as opposed to cancer which usually implies drastic treatment, heart problems can be easily avoided with a few tricks that do not involve falling hair and nausea. By the contrary, adopting a healthier lifestyle that prevents women from developing cardiovascular illnesses will also have “side effects” in the sense that they will not only feel better but actually, look better.
The main risk factors for developing cardiovascular problems are diabetes, smoking, elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and a history of heart illnesses in the family. Besides the family history, all of the other risk factors can be prevented by a healthy diet and regular physical exercise.
Women need to be more educated about the risks of developing heart problems and the symptoms of heart attack. The most common symptoms of it are:
- Chest pain, that could also feel like an immense pressure applied in the chest area or a cold sensation that takes over the chest and the arms
- Shortness of breath, the individual suffering the heart attack can feel that he or she can no longer breathe properly because the chest is constricted
- Nausea and dizziness
- Pain radiation to the shoulder, neck and jaw. Sometimes the person that is having the heart attack feels that the pain spreads from the chest to the right arm starting from the shoulder and ending up in the fingers.
But there were reported caused in women which suffered from heart attacks that felt nothing but an impending feeling of doom, anxiety, dread, back pain or symptoms resembling those of the flu.
Women should start worrying more about the dangers of cardiovascular diseases because women are more prone to heart problems than men. Wear red this February and educate yourself on cardiovascular illnesses.
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