Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, yet most don’t know this or what the symptoms are because they differ from men’s symptoms.  One in three women will experience a heart attack which is why it is important to recognize the symptoms and get treatment before it’s too late. 

Some signs to watch for prior to a heart attack include extreme fatigue, trouble sleeping, indigestion, shortness of breath and anxiety.  If you experience any of these symptoms, get to the emergency room for a check up.  Some signs that a women is having a heart attack will be similar to the ones stated above but may also include dizziness and unexplained cold sweats.  Remember it is better to be safe than sorry. 

Most will confuse these symptoms for something else like coming down with a cold or symptoms of menopause which is why heart attacks are the leading cause of death for women in America.  Know the signs and getting treatment at the earliest possible time is key to surviving a heart attack.

Preventing heart disease is a lifestyle change but one worth while to live a longer, healthier and happy life.  These few simple changes have benefits in preventing other things like cancer, and risk of stroke.  Quitting smoking, though it may be hard, has many benefits and few drawbacks.  Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, low fat and nonfat dairy products, and sources of protein with low saturated fat is key to staying healthy and avoiding cardiovascular disease.  Of course, staying active and getting enough exercise is also important in avoiding many health problems including heart disease. 

The last key to staying healthy is weight management.  If you are eating a healthy diet and getting sufficient exercise, this one is easy but portion control and knowing what works for you is something every individual has to find for themselves.  Remember that extreme dieting and weight loss will do more damage to your heart than good so talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise routine to know what is safe for you.

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