The number one killer of women in the United States is Heart Disease. In fact, more women than men die of heart attacks every year. Given these statistics, MountainView Hospital is committed to educating women about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy.
Although heart attacks in both men and women it is important to know that symptoms may vary among men and women. Most commonly men experience symptoms that include chest pain, jaw pain, pain that travels down one or both arms, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting or indigestion. However, women often experience a variety of different heart attack symptoms which include:
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual fatigue
- Nausea / indigestion / pressure in the upper abdomen
- Back pain
- Lower chest discomfort
When dealing with heart disease there are risk factors that can and cannot be controlled.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- Family history
- Age - women post menopause
- Ethnicity - a higher likelihood exists if you are African American, Hispanic, or Native American
Controllable Risk Factors
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
Heart Nutrition Classes
Learn how to make your diet heart-healthy and decrease your risk for heart disease! MountainView's registered dietitians will teach you about ways to maintain your cardiovascular health, including:
- Learn about how fat, cholesterol, salt sugar, caffeine and alcohol impact your cardiovascular health
- "Know Your Numbers" and understand what they mean
- Learn how to read food labels and choose heart-healthy foods
Call (702) 962-5021 to register for this FREE class.