Saturday February 24, 2024

These are top 6 heart attack signs in women, doctor reveals

Dr LaPook dispelled misconception that heart disease primarily affects men, saying it leading cause of female mortality

By Web Desk
February 03, 2024
Representational image of a woman having heart pain. — Yale News
Representational image of a woman having heart pain. — Yale News

Do you believe heart disease is exclusively a male disease? 

But, this is not true. Health experts have debunked this myth. 

Heart disease stands as the foremost cause of female mortality, claiming over 300,000 lives annually in the United States. However, awareness of its signs and symptoms remains a critical gap. 

On National Wear Red Day, observed on February 2 to spotlight cardiovascular disease, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr Jon LaPook provided invaluable insights into the top six signs women should recognize.

Dispelling the misconception that heart disease primarily affects men, Dr LaPook underscored its status as the leading cause of female mortality. National Wear Red Day serves as more than a fashion statement; it's a call to bring attention to this pervasive health concern, where heightened awareness directly correlates with saving lives.

Dr LaPook detailed the most prevalent symptoms of heart attacks in women, focusing on well-known indicators such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Additionally, he stressed lesser-known signs like nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and pain in the jaw, back, or other areas, underscoring their importance in early detection.

Examining risk factors associated with heart disease, Dr LaPook highlighted high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and inactivity. Access to healthcare emerged as a crucial factor, with a passionate plea against smoking, recognising its decline as pivotal in reducing heart disease rates.

Beyond symptom recognition and risk mitigation, Dr LaPook stressed the significance of early detection through regular monitoring of key health metrics like weight, blood pressure, and overall well-being. Waiting for symptoms to manifest was discouraged, with a call for women to adopt lifelong healthy habits.

Dr LaPook extended the conversation to heart health during pregnancy, framing it as a significant "stress test" for the heart. He urged women to enter pregnancy in good overall health, highlighting the need for accessible healthcare.

Acknowledging disparities faced by Black women in maternal health, Dr LaPook delved into multifactorial issues contributing to increased mortality rates. 

As women nationwide absorb this vital information, Dr Jon LaPook leaves them with a compelling call to action: "It's not something where you want to wait until you have symptoms and then say, 'OK, now I'm going to really get into it.' 

This should be a lifelong thing. So, from birth, you want to have healthy habits."