Valley Heart & Vascular Institute - The Female Heart

The Female Heart

Take Care of Yourself

The physicians of Valley Medical Group’s Heart Care for Women recommend the following tips to keep your heart healthy:

  • exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week.
  • maintain a healthy weight.
  • quit or don’t start smoking.
  • eat a diet that’s low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.

Heart Attack Signs in Women

Be alert to the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include:

  • uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest.
  • pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • nausea, lightheadedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • chest pain or discomfort.

If you have any of these signs call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Know Your Risk

Risk factors for heart disease in women include:

  • age (55 years or older)
  • family history of early heart disease
  • high blood cholesterol
  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity/being overweight
  • physical inactivity
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