Best Life: Heart disease in women

Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 6:15 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, FLA. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- World Heart Day is Sept. 29 and this year’s theme is “cardiovascular health for everyone.”

Every 34 seconds, someone dies from heart disease in the U.S., that’s about 700,000 deaths a year. But is it only men who must worry about heart issues? In fact, heart disease is the number one leading cause of death in women, responsible for one in five female deaths.

Are women more likely to survive if they have a heart attack? About 42% of women who have heart attacks pass away within one year compared to only 24% of male heart attack survivors. And for people under 50, heart attacks are twice as fatal in women than in men.

Last question: Signs of a heart attack are always easy to spot in women?

“I had a patient who had a toothache that turned out to be her symptom for having a heart attack,” said Dr. Annabelle Santos Volgman, a cardiologist at Rush University Medical Center.

Two-thirds of women’s heart attack deaths occur in women with no history of chest pain and the American Heart Association say subtle heart attack symptoms are often mistaken for another health condition.

Another commonly believed myth is women and men with heart disease get the same medical care. Research shows that women are less likely than men to receive medications that can prevent further health problems such as beta-blockers, statins, and ace inhibitors.

Women are also less likely to receive an implantable defibrillator or even to be given aspirin following a heart disease diagnosis.

Contributors to this news report includes: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.

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