4 Facts You Should Know About Women’s Heart Health

February is American Heart Month—a time when healthcare organizations across the nation raise awareness of the importance of heart health. In particular, women’s heart health is an area where awareness is growing.

  1. Many risk factors for heart disease and stroke—high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes—can be controlled through lifestyle changes.
  2. The most common sign is chest pain and discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
  3. Now is a good time to get moving. A good starting goal is exercising 30 minutes a day. Physical activity reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  4. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute.


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