Carolinas HealthCare System

Being aware of personal risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity is the first step. Knowledge of these risk factors, as well as treatment options, can empower a woman to live a long and healthy life.

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Women often experience unusual or atypical symptoms of heart disease. For example, only 30 percent of female heart attack patients report typical chest pain. Some other symptoms that may be heart related include:

  • Unusual fatigue or weakness
  • Unexplained cold sweats
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Palpitations or irregular heart beats
  • Chest, jaw, neck or arm pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath

Strong evidence exists that the following practices and behaviors may help prevent heart disease:

  • Healthy diet including: reduced intake of sugary and salty foods, increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, vegetables and nuts, whole grain and high fiber foods
  • 30 minutes of daily exercise
  • Avoiding tobacco exposure
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight