Burke Health Highlights Women’s Heart Health

May 31, 2024 /// 2 Min Read

Burke Health offers tips for cardiovascular wellness, just in time for National Women’s Health month.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, according to the CDC. It accounts for 1 out of 5 female American deaths. Despite these numbers, only about 56% of women recognize heart disease is the number one killer. However, heart disease can affect women at any age. For most, the symptoms can present differently than in men.

“Do not overlook symptoms like pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back. Chest pain can even present as indigestion, fatigue, or shortness of breath,” said Burke Health Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Abraham Lin. “Knowing the symptoms and getting help right away is imperative.”

Common types of heart disease include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and heart failure. Risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, unhealthy diet, smoking, diabetes, excess weight, physical inactivity, drinking too much alcohol, stress, and depression.

Women should talk to their health care providers about creating plans to manage health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Completing about 2 ½ hours of physical activity per week can reduce the risk of heart disease, even when exercising in shortened time frames.

Maintaining a healthy weight and keeping the right foods in one’s diet can help reduce the risk. Incorporating fruits and vegetables in every meal, eating more whole grains, eating leaner cuts of meat, and limiting saturated fat and added sugars in a diet can benefit heart health. Finding healthy ways to manage stress can also reduce the risk of a future heart attack.

Although not all women experience these symptoms, some common heart attack symptoms include feeling an ache or heaviness in the chest, pain in the upper abdomen or neck and pain in neck, jaw or throat.
If someone is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sudden fatigue, or swelling of feet, ankles, legs, or abdomen, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

For non-emergent concerns, call 706-702-2667 to book an appointment with Burke Cardiology or visit Burke Health – Community hospital in Waynesboro, GA specializing in orthopedic and cardiovascular care to learn more about cardiology services.

Source: Burke Health highlights women’s heart health – The True Citizen