Preventative cardiology is a field where cardiologists like to make an intervention or after the heart ‘event’. I was lucky enough to hear a preventative cardiologist for women speak.
The video, ‘Just a Little Heart Attack’, is a must see for women.
Since women are usually the nurturers in the family, taking care of everyone else but themselves, this video is spot on!
The cardiologist gave several examples of women patients she has seen in her practice who have displayed one of the top symptoms of heart disease: Denial
Intuitively women know there is something wrong but……
An example she gave was of a woman who was having symptoms but the family was about to go on a family vacation and she didn’t want to ruin it by having a heart attack. The family made it to their destination and that night she called 911, but met them outside because she didn’t want to wake up her family! As a result she ended up in a hospital in a city she was unfamiliar and doctors she didn’t know.
Because men were studied first regarding heart attacks their symptoms were thought for years to be the same for women. Not really is the reality. Women will have symptoms of jaw pain, throat pain, fatigue and heartburn more than men.
So here are modifiable factors to reduce your chance of becoming 1 out of 4 women to die of a ‘Heart Event’:
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Abdominal Obesity
- Lack of Exercise
- Stress Management
Have you had your cholesterol tested or your blood pressure? Are you at risk?