Heart Month: Heart Attack Risks and Symptoms for Women
February is Heart Month for many reasons. It houses Valentine's Day, when we are preoccupied with our emotional hearts, but it is also the time when we educate on the importance of heart health.
Heart attacks usually occur when an artery to the heart is blocked and it loses oxygen and blood.
For women, heart attack symptoms often include shortness of breath, back or jaw pain, nausea or vomiting, and pressure in the center of her chest. Immediate action is needed to increase her chance of survival. The best way to prevent one is through lifestyle habits that reduce the risk of blood clots and plaque building up in the arteries.
Use these key prevention methods to lower your risk of a heart attack:
- Do not use tobacco products
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Find ways to reduce or manage stress
- Exercise 30 minutes per day
- Reduce unhealthy fats in your diet
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables
- Achieve healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure
- If diagnosed with diabetes, be responsible about managing it well