Heart disease is the largest single cause of mortality among women, with 35% of heart attacks going unnoticed.
Who is most at risk?
Heart disease is most common in post-menopausal women who have a family history of heart disease. Other factors include:
Having high LDL cholestrol or low HDL cholestrol
Expert advice on symptoms to look out for
â??Knowing what symptoms to look for could save your life. Heart attack symptoms include an uneasy feeling in the chest; abdominal pain; shortness of breath; fatigue and nausea; dizziness and even swollen feet. Should you ever experience any of these, it is important to seek medical attention immediately,â? says Graham Anderson, Principal Officer of Profmed.
Prevention is better than cure
Making changes in your lifestyle is a proven method for reducing your risk of heart disease. This includes not smoking, controlling diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and exercising and eating a balanced diet.