Women's Heart Health

Heart attack is the number one cause of death in women over the age of 55 in Canada(1). Things like blood pressure, cholesterol, tobacco use and excess body weight play a big part in your overall heart health.  Often, the signs and warnings go unnoticed in women, resulting in not receiving the health care needed to prevent serious complications, or even death.  Aside from chest pain which is the most common symptom in men and women during a heart attack, the list below(2) shows common symptoms of a heart attack in women.

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and or vomiting that cannot be relieved by antacids
  • Unusual fatigue that gets even worse with physical activity
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heartburn that cannot be relieved by antacids
  • Tightening and pain in the chest that could also extend into the jaw, neck and even shoulders or back.

As so many of these signs and symptoms can be experienced after a long day at work, or when fighting off the flu, you can see why the warnings often go unnoticed. Some women experience several of these symptoms, while others only experience 1 or 2.

If you or someone you know has been experiencing any of these symptoms and you feel it could be related to a heart attack, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

Unexpected costs associated with a critical illness, like heart disease, can place you and your loved ones in financial strain. Protecting yourself with critical illness insurance can to cover the expenses not covered under our health care system.

Source 1: Statistics Canada.  Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Source 2: Northwestern Medicine




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