Heart Diseases in Women Are Under-Diagnosed And Under-Treated…. A Fact Or Fiction?
Under the impression that breast cancer is the #1 killer of women? Well, think again! Long gone now are the days when a woman’s worry over heart problems centered wholly on its threat to the men of her family. It`s well known now that it`s no more a man’s problem alone. Every year, heart disease, the number 1 cause of death globally, claims men AND women in very close numbers.
A real menace! The heart disease that is seen in women is often not quite the same as heart disease in men. It may be more difficult to diagnose, and many women who have a heart attack do not even know it. It`s not uncommon for women to feel a burning sensation in their upper abdomen, an upset tummy, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Because they may not feel the typical chest pain on the left side (as most men do), many women may take no notice of symptoms that indicate they are having a heart attack. Even worse, a heart attack may actually happen without the woman knowing it. It is called a silent heart attack, or medically known as silent ischemia (lack of oxygen) of the heart muscle.