Jump to:  A   |   B   |   C   |   D   |   E   |   F   |   G   |   H   |   I   |   J   |   K   |   L   |   M   |   N   |   O   |   P   |   Q   |   R   |   S   |   T   |   U   |   V   |   W   |   X   |   Y

Ladies: Take Care of Your Heart at Every Age

August 2019

Ladies: Take Care of Your Heart at Every Age

When you think of a heart attack victim, it’s very likely that an older man comes to mind. But the reality is that heart disease continues to be the most common cause of death among women. And according to new research, younger women in the U.S. are suffering heart attacks at a higher rate today compared with 20 years ago, reports the journal Circulation.

Woman smiling and bending over a bowl filled with a green salad

The heart of the matter

The reason for the increase in heart attacks among women younger than 55 isn’t exactly known. But researchers suggest that rising rates of heart disease risk factors—including high blood pressure and diabetes—among this population likely play a role.

Despite the disappointing news for women’s heart health, there’s a lot you can do to safeguard your ticker at any age:

  • Eat a healthy diet with foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fish, and low-fat dairy products.

  • Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, each week and do 2 or more days of muscle-strengthening exercises.

  • Don’t smoke; quit smoking if you do.

Visit your healthcare provider regularly for wellness exams.

Women’s warning signs

Keep in mind that heart attack symptoms can be different for women than they are for men. For instance, in addition to chest pain, women are more likely to experience at least one of these other symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Back or jaw pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Heavy pressure on the chest

  • Cold sweats unrelated to menopause

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Sudden tiredness (fatigue)

If you notice any of these heart attack signs, call 911 and get to an emergency room right away.

Reviewed Date: 05-01-2019

Find a pediatrician
Cardiology
Dr. Rose Cummings
Dr. Alexander Ellis
Dr. Robert Escalera II
Dr. Jonathan Fleenor
Dr. Lopa Hartke
Dr. John Reed
Dr. Elliot Tucker
Dr. Michael Vance
Children's Cardiac Surgery
Dr. James Gangemi
Dr. Philip Smith
Health Tips
How to Quit Smoking, Again
It’s Snow Fun: Skiing and Snowboarding
Making Family Fitness Fun
Vaping and E-Cigarettes
Quizzes
Heart Quiz for Women Only
Swimming Quiz
NewsLetters
25 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget
3 Super Seeds You Should Be Eating
4 Ways to Improve Your Workout and the Environment at the Same Time
7 Ways to Sneak Microbursts of Activity into Your Day
Could Nutrient-Rich Foods Be the Key to Long-Term Weight Loss?
Drink to Your Heart Health
Early Obesity Can Change Heart Structure
Get Moving to Control Your Blood Sugar
Good News: A Positive Outlook May Bolster Heart Health
Hot, Hot, Hot! Exercise Safely in Summer
How Belly Fat Is Sabotaging Your Health
How to Get Started with a Walking Program
Is Exercise Giving You a Headache?
It’s Never Too Late to Protect Your Heart
It’s Personal: New Guidelines Recommend Customizing Cholesterol Treatment Plans
Lung Cancer May Be Greater Threat to Women than Breast Cancer
Magic Pill for Heart Health? Cut 300 Calories a Day
Modifying Your Workout
Oils and Spreads: How to Make Heart-Healthy Choices
Protein Powers Muscle Maintenance
Should You Take a Daily Aspirin to Protect Your Heart?
Simple Steps Toward Living a Healthier, More Active Life
Sleep, Exercise, Screen Time: Help Your Teen Adopt Healthy Habits
Strategies for Heading Off Heart Attacks
Weight-Loss Surgery Is a Helpful Tool, Not the Whole Toolbox
When a Chronic Disease Runs in Your Family
Women, Listen Up: New Warnings About Heart Attack Symptoms
Diseases & Conditions
Exercise and Children
Exercise and Teenagers

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.