We’ve Joined The Fight Against The No. 1 Killer Of Women
Faith Regional CardioVascular Institute (CVI) is part of a growing number of health care organizations nationwide that are focusing on women’s No. 1 health problem: cardiovascular disease.
Through the Women and Heart Disease program, CVI can:
- Help educate women and physicians about early warning signs and special treatment for women with heart disease.
- Offer heart-health screenings to women.
- Give CVI a higher profile in the community.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women
in the United States, striking more women than the next
seven causes of death combined. But less than a third
of women are aware of this. By encouraging women to learn
the early warning signs of heart disease and talk to their
physicians, many lives will be saved.
While symptoms of heart disease are similar for men and women, there
are important differences. Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, and focus is given to those classic male symptoms. Women can have other symptoms as well, and it is important to pay more attention to those.
Watch for these
classic symptoms compiled by the American Heart Association:
- Squeezing chest pain or pressure, tightness in
chest or recurring chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain spreading to shoulders, neck or arms more likely in women
- Indigestion or gas-like pain
- Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained weakness, fatigue
- Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades
- Sense of impending doom
If you or anyone you know has experienced any of these,
call 9-1-1 or notify your physician immediately.