Heart Health: The difference between men and women
February is Heart Month. Are you or someone you love at risk? How do you know and what can you do about it?
Today's topic, the differences between men and women.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In fact, more women die from heart disease than from all cancers combined, including breast cancer.
Cardiologist Dr. Louise Spadaro says it should include family history, blood pressure and bloodwork including sugar and cholesterol levels, weight, body fat, BMI, diet and exercise.
Doctors aren't sure why, but sometimes, they say the warning signs of a heart attack are different in men and women.
"Men will more commonly present with chest pain, pressure usually in the center of their chest going into their left arm with effort. Sweats, nausea, vomiting. Women would more likely present with rest symptoms, specifically symptoms that wake them up from sleep at night and it may not be chest pressure. It may be back discomfort, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and an overall sense of fatigue and tiredness," said Dr. Spadaro.