Everyone knows that keeping active and having a balanced diet is a great way to keep your heart in good condition. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, it is important to keep up to date on the latest medical information regarding heart health.
It is a little known fact that men and women experience heart issues in vastly different ways due to their unique biology and different hormones naturally produced in the body. It is important that your care provider understands the differences in heart health for men and women to ensure individualized care.
Estrogen is a natural hormone produced in a woman’s body that contributes to keeping her heart strong by relaxing artery walls and promoting healthy blood flow. However, as women approach menopause, estrogen levels decrease, putting them at higher risk for heart disease and heart attacks.
The average age women experience heart attacks is later than that of men, but these cardiovascular events can be much more severe and tend to spur on secondary heart related issues. While the consequences of heart attacks for women may be more extreme, the symptoms a woman experiences tend to be less obvious.
If you or a loved one experiences even minor symptoms of a cardiovascular episode, immediate medical attention is necessary to increase the chances of a full recovery. Learn more about heart attack symptoms from CHI St. Luke’s and take their Heart Health Quiz today!
This post was written in collaboration with CHI St. Luke’s.