Advertisement

6 Heart Attack Facts for Women

6 Heart Attack Facts for Women

A Woman's Heart is a 1992 album featuring six legendary female Irish artists; it sold more than any other album in the history of the Irish music charts. We hope that A Woman’s Heart Attack, the American Heart Association’s first scientific statement on myocardial infarction in women, gets at least that much attention. The paper, published in the journal Circulation, points out:

  • High blood pressure is more strongly associated with heart attacks in women than in men.
  • Young women with diabetes are at four to five times the risk for heart disease as young men.
  • Compared to white women, black women have a higher incidence of heart attacks and young black women have higher in-hospital death rates. Hispanic and black women are also more likely to have multiple risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Women are more likely to have atypical symptoms (along with chest pain), like shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and back or jaw pain.
  • Post-heart-attack, women are consistently NOT given recommended medications, leading to worse outcomes. Cardiac rehabilitation is prescribed less frequently.
  • Because women live longer, they have more complications following a heart attack than men.

If you’re female and are overweight, have elevated LDL cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure or smoke, see your doc to develop a heart-healthy plan that includes stopping smoking, weight management, nutritional counseling and physical training. If you’re a heart-attack patient, insist on medications outlined in treatment guidelines, if appropriate, and get the support you need to join and stick with cardiac rehab.

Try Chinese Exercise for Heart Attack Recovery
Try Chinese Exercise for Heart Attack Recovery
After a heart attack in 1996, Dodgers’ manager Tommy Lasorda retired from baseball. That was 20 years ago. Today, the Hall of Fame manager is almost 9...
Read More
Can dizziness and sweating be symptoms of heart attack in women?
RealAgeRealAge
Nearly 40 percent of women suffering a heart attack say they feel dizzy or light-headed. Another 40 ...
More Answers
6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers
6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers
Learn how the weather, road rage or the big game can spell trouble for your ticker.
Start Slideshow
What Causes Atherosclerosis?
What Causes Atherosclerosis?