Women Are At Risk

Women and Heart Disease

Despite the alarming statistics, it’s estimated that just eight percent of women consider heart disease their greatest health risk. Here are some additional facts from the American Heart Association:

  • More women die each year from heart disease than breast and lung cancers combined
  • More women than men have died of cardiovascular disease every year since 1984
  • 43 percent of women who have heart attacks die within one year compared to 24 percent of men
  • Despite the alarming statistics, it’s estimated that just 8 percent of women consider heart disease their greatest health risk
  • Approximately 500,000 women die from cardiovascular disease a year and 63 percent have no previous symptoms
  • Heart disease kills more women in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s than breast cancer
  • Heart disease affects one in nine women over age 45
  • Women have a 47 percent probability of developing some form of cardiovascular disease.

Possible Warning Signs for Women

In addition to the general heart attack warning signs, women should also be aware of the following possible symptoms. Not all of these warning signs occur in every attack. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Sudden weight gain. For example: three or more pounds in one day, five or more pounds in one week. Talk with your doctor for specific instructions
  • Shortness of breath not related to exercise or exertion
  • Increases in swelling of the ankles or legs
  • Abdomen swelling or pain
  • Difficulty sleeping or shortness of breath when waking
  • Frequent hacking or dry cough
  • Increased fatigue
If you need a referral to a cardiologist or other physician at Doctors Hospital of Laredo, call our free Direct Doctors Plus® referral service at 1-877-992-1711