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Saltzer Health wants women to know the warning signs of heart disease

27th February, 2023 | Published by Saltzer Health

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Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women. Shockingly, 64% of women who suddenly die from heart disease have no prior symptoms. Women tend to put off screening more than men, further increasing the severity of this condition.

That’s why it’s essential to recognize the warning signs and take control of your heart health. Dr. Jennifer Anderson, a cardiologist for Saltzer Health, an Intermountain Healthcare company, emphasizes that heart disease is preventable with small changes in our daily routines.

To protect your heart, start by making simple adjustments to your daily routine. Consider parking your car far from the store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and keeping your body moving throughout the day. Improving your heart health also means making better choices about the food you eat. Dr. Anderson suggests avoiding processed foods and embracing a plant-based approach.

Lifestyle choices play a significant role in heart disease. While you can’t control your family history, you can take control of your daily routine. Cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute to heart disease. By making conscious choices, you can reduce the risks and safeguard your heart.

It’s crucial to know the warning signs of heart disease, such as discomfort in the arm, jaw, upper back, belly pain, nausea, feeling tired, or extreme fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Start screening for heart disease early in life, as one out of every three deaths in women is due to heart disease. Don’t wait until it’s too late – take control of your heart health today.

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Jennifer Anderson

Jennifer Anderson


Specialties: Cardiology