Sunday, February 19, 2012

Heart disease in women; signs and preventions

Article first published as Signs and preventive measures of Heart disease in women on Technorati.

People usually think that heart diseases are rare among women but it is one of the most common causes of death due to diseases. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 88,000 women of the ages 45-64 and 372,000 women of age 65 and older have heart attack in a year and one in three American women dies from heart disease.
According to Health officials, following signs of heart are found in the women having heart disease:

  • Feelings of tiredness, which do not disappear even with proper sleep

  • Difficult breathing and sleeping

  • Scared or nervous feelings

  • Headaches which can be new and/or worse

  • Upset stomach with belly pain that is usually above the belly button

  • Pain and burning sensations in chest, which sometimes feel “heavy” or “tight” and this condition could spread to the jaw, neck, shoulders, ear or the inside of the arms

  • Pain in the back, between the shoulders
For a healthy heart, following measures may be adopted;

  • Women, with family history of heart problem, properly maintain their lifestyle and visit doctor or clinic more often

  • Smoking must be avoided and women must remain away from people who smoke

  • Cholesterol and Blood pressure must be maintained properly

  • Diabetes must be properly checked and controlled

  • Walking and other such activity on daily basis are helpful in decreasing the chances of heart attack

  • Eating must be controlled properly with reduced salt consumption through diet

  • Healthy weight is essential for controlling heart disease

  • Women with reduced stress, sadness and anger have reduced risks of heart attack
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