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Women’s Heart Health

As a woman, your heart needs special attention to stay healthy and well. After all, heart disease leads the causes of death for American women and affects one in three, regardless of race or ethnicity. But you can prevent or control heart disease.

Get Help to Prevent Heart Disease

Trust your heart to the cardiology specialists, including Paula Ross, MD, at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare. Dr. Ross works directly with your primary care provider and/or gynecologist to help you prevent heart problems through lifestyle changes such as:

  • Increasing your physical activity
  • Following a healthy eating plan
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Managing diabetes
  • Correctly taking any prescribed medications

Learn more about heart disease in women from the American Heart Association.

Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Signs of heart attack in women appear differently than the symptoms seen in men. Women may experience:

  • Chest pain or discomfort – Feels like squeezing or fullness anywhere on the chest
  • Pain in arm(s), back, neck or jaw – May be gradual or sudden before becoming intense; may awaken you from sleep; more common in women than men
  • Stomach pain – Severe abdominal pressure, like something is sitting on your chest; can be confused with heartburn, flu or stomach ulcer
  • Shortness of breath, nausea or lightheadedness
  • Sweating – Cold sweats, feeling more like stress-induced sweating than sweating from exercise
  • Extreme fatigue – Feeling of enormous tiredness in the chest, even if sitting still; unable to do simple activities like walk to the bathroom

If you or a loved one experience any of these signs or symptoms, get help right away and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Find a Heart Care Specialist

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