Let’s Get Heart Smart With These Tips

More women die of heart disease and breast cancer. This might come as a surprise to a lot of people. Breast cancer advocates have done an excellent job in making sure that the communities are aware of the risks of breast cancer and its incidence in women in our communities. However, it is also a known fact that the number one killer in women is heart disease and coronary heart disease specifically.

Common Heart Attack Warning Signs in Women

  • Heaviness in chest
  • Burning sensation in chest
  • Achy feeling in chest
  • Pain in shoulders
  • Pain between shoulder blades
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing

By far, the most common symptom of coronary heart disease or CHD is chest pain, which cardiologists call angina pectoris or just angina. You may have a sensation of tightness, pressure, heaviness, burning, or pain in your chest. Some of my patients who are heart attack survivors say it feels like an elephant sitting on their chest. With angina, you can’t make the pain worse by