Many researches claim that heart diseases are the very well known and the most ignored cause of deaths in women. As heart diseases are misconceived to be the problem of men, women often ignore the symptoms and seem unaware that they are more exposed to be a victim.
The symptoms of a heart disease are different in women than men and women often downplay their symptoms. Fortunately, there is a way for them to understand the risks and their own unique symptoms. There are also ways with which women can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack
Let’s have a look at the symptoms first
In women, the most common heart attack symptom, which is the pain or discomfort in the chest, is not the most prominent one. Women can have a heart attack even without any chest pain. Unlike men, the obvious crushing of the chest is mostly felt like a tightness or as slight pressure. The other common symptoms of heart diseases in women are:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in one or both arms
- Light headedness or dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual fatigue
What causes a heart diseases?
A heart disease effects the blood vessels and the cardio vascular system of a human body. The narrowing or blocking of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels which supply blood to the heart itself, is called Coronary Artery Disease. This happens because the arteries get blocked by the constant accumulation of cholesterol and other material called Plaque on the inner walls of a heart. This buildup causes less blood to flow through the arteries and if a clot forms, the blood flow stops entirely, leading to a heart attack.
- Cholesterol: Cholesterol occurs naturally in the body and is a waxy, fat like substance which body needs to function properly. When in a human body inflammation occurs, it uses cholesterol as a band aid to repair it. Since we don’t treat the causes of inflammation, cholesterol keeps accumulating and creates a clot. This leads to blockages in the blood vessels.
- Sugar: Sugar causes inflammation in the veins and leads to the accumulation of cholesterol. Hence, women with Diabetes are at a greater risk of a heart attack.
- High Blood Pressure
- Mental Stress and depression
What can you do to reduce the risk of a Heart Disease?
There are a number of things which women can do to keep their heart health in check.
- The first and foremost is eating healthy. All doctors advise women with a risk of a heart disease, not to eat the things which can increase the cholesterol in their body. This is however not as simple as it looks. The body needs good fats to function properly. You cannot eliminate good cholesterol from your diet which is mostly found in Homemade ghee, cheese, egg yolks. These good fats make the body process cholesterol and also aids the elasticity of the veins.
- Exercise regularly or remain active.
- Manage your blood sugar
- Keep a check on your blood pressure
- Don’t smoke
- Eat a healthy diet that includes whole grains, a variety of fruits and vegetables, good-fats and lean meats. Avoid saturated or trans fat, added sugar, and high amounts of salt.
- Know your family history
Here is a video for you to know the process in a little more detail: