Women and heart disease: It’s not just a man’s problem
Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes are listed as some of the leading causes of death in women across the globe. But in the United States, the #1 killer of women may come as a shock: heart disease.
Heart disease has long been associated as a man’s condition, but this is one of many misconceptions surrounding women and heart disease—and it turns out it affects women differently than men.
Women with heart disease often don’t exhibit the classic symptoms that men do, such as chest pains, shortness of breath and feeling ill after overexertion. Women are also more likely to suffer what is called a "silent heart attack," a temporary blockage that can damage the heart—sometimes while they’re resting or asleep.
During a "silent heart attack," women may experience discomfort in their shoulder blades or pain in their abdomen that can sometimes be mistaken as an ulcer.