You’re a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. There are a lot of people who count on your heart. Phoenix Heart is dedicated to preventing heart disease in women. We understand how concerning it can be for you and your family. That’s why we take the time to create a personalized plan to make sure your heart is doing what it does best-loves.
It’s a common misconception that men are more susceptible to heart disease than women. Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women. It causes 1 in 3 deaths each year. That equates to one woman each minute!
The warning signs for women are much different than men. Almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly due to coronary artery heart disease have not reported any previous symptoms.
Symptoms of Heart Disease or Stroke in Women
- Angina (dull, heavy or sharp pain or discomfort)
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back.
- Indigestion, heart burn, nausea or vomiting.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Upper body discomfort.
- Shortness of breath.
- Palpitations (fluttering feeling in the chest).
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen.
- Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move), numbness in the face, arms or legs- especially on one side of the body. Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty with sight in one or both eyes, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness or sudden and severe headache.
Common Risk Factors
- Age and menopause
- Family history
- Race and ethnicity
- Pregnancy history