Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in Two Rivers Public Health Department. When comparing the women in TRPHD to those in Nebraska:
Here are some myths about women and heart disease:
Myth: Heart disease is for men, and cancer is the real threat for women.
Fact: Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1-3 women die of heart disease.
Myth: Heart disease is for old people.
Fact: Heart disease affects women of all ages. The combination of birth control pills and smoking boosts heart disease risks by 20 percent. Overeating and a sedentary lifestyle can also increase risk.
Myth: Heart disease doesn't affect women who are fit.
Fact: Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counterbalance your other healthy habits like regular exercise. You can be thin and have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Work with your doctor to manage these factors.
Myth: I don't have any symptoms.
Fact: 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Women should look out for dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.
Myth: Heart disease runs in my family, so there's nothing I can do about it.
Fact: Although women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, there's plenty you can do to dramatically reduce it. Make these recommendations part of your life: