Do you know what causes heart diseases in women? What are the survival rates? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risks?

The fact is: Heart diseases were the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That is approximately one woman every minute!

But it does not affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women are not the same in men. What is more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

There are several misconceptions about heart diseases in women, and they could be putting them at risk. The Women education movement advocates for more research and swift action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we will alarm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.


While some women have no symptom, others experience angina (dull, heavy sharp chest pain or discomfort), pain in the neck/jaw/throat or pain in the upper abdomen or back. These can occur during rest, begin during physical activity, or be triggered by mental stress.

Women are more likely to describe chest pains that are sharp, burning and more frequently have pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back.

Sometimes heart diseases may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman experiences sign or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, an arrhythmia, or stroke.

These symptoms may include

Heart Attacks: Chest pains or discomforts, upper back pains, indigestions, heartburns, vomiting, extreme fatigues, upper body discomforts, and shortness of breaths.

Arrhythmias: Fluttering feeling in the chest (palpitations).

Heart Failures: Shortness of breaths, fatigue, swelling of the feet/ankles/legs/abdomen.

Strokes: Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face/arms/legs, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms can include: confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness, or sudden and severe headaches.

Reduce Chance of Risks

To reduce your chances of getting heart diseases it is important to

Know our blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure may result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

Talk to our healthcare provider about whether we should be tested for diabetes. Having uncontrolled diabetes raises our chances of heart disease.

Quit the smoking.

Discuss checking our cholesterol and triglycerides with our healthcare provider.

Make healthy food choices. Being overweight and obese raises our risk of heart disease.

Limit alcohol intakes to one drink a day.

Lower our stress level and find healthy ways to cope up with stress.

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