Dr. BCW, Dr. Curry-Winchell’s, health series Beyond Clinical Walls, reviews the heart attack symptoms for women in honor of heart health month.
Often heart health and heart disease are viewed as male problems. However, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States as well. People are usually familiar with the symptoms of a male heart attack, like chest pain and arm numbness but women often have different symptoms completely. Its important to understand the symptoms that women face to help insure you can identify a heart event and can seek immediate help. It could save your life. Do not miss this critical video on heart disease.
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds a person has a heart attack. “Every year, about 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack. Of these, 605,000 are a first heart attack. 200,000 happen to people who have already had a heart attack. About 1 in 5 heart attacks is silent—the damage is done, but the person is not aware of it.” While these stats aren’t reassuring, the good news is there are ways to help avoid a deadly heart attack and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health and Saint Mary’s Hospital who shares how. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Why Are Heart Attacks So Common?
Dr. Curry-Winchell says, “This is a loaded question because there’s so many factors that contribute to heart attacks including but not limited to your lifestyle, age, and family history. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking. The good news to take away from this is you can always take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you do control.”
See what else Dr. BCW has to share as she answers questions for Eat This, Not That as they discuss simple tricks to avoid a deadly heart attack.