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Women and Heart Disease


More women die from heart disease than any other cause, including breast cancer. 

Are You at Risk?

Uncontrollable risk factors: 

  • Age (risk increases with age)
  • Gender (men have a greater risk earlier in life)
  • Genetics

Controllable risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes: Women with diabetes have a two to six times the risk of heart disease, with even more risk if other risk factors apply.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity: Adds to additional health problems that increase risk, especially if a lot of fat is at the waistline.

Learn more about our low-cost Heart Score program, which includes a cholesterol check, EKG test and a private consultation to assess your overall risk. 

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Women often do not believe they are having a heart attack because their symptoms are not the same as those traditionally associated with heart attacks in men. If you have one or more symptoms listed below, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Signs of a heart attack:

  • uncomfortable pressure or pain in the chest
  • pain in the shoulders, neck or arms
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath
  • breaking out in a cold sweat
  • light headedness

Women may also experience:

  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, often without chest pain of any kind
  • Unexplained anxiety, fatigue or weakness
  • Cold sweat, palpitations or paleness

What's My Target Heart Rate?

Find out what a healthy heart rate is for a woman your age during aerobic excercise using our quick and easy Target Heart Rate Calculator.