Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the UK. But it might surprise you to learn that women are in fact twice as likely to die from coronary artery disease as breast cancer.
A new European study found levels of increased stress in the workplace, along with sleep deprivation and tiredness, were increasing more rapidly among females. And although these are not obvious indicators of heart disease, they are still valid risk factors.
Coronary artery disease isn’t normally a concern for people until later in life. However, given the statistics, it is important that more women are aware of the risk factors and symptoms of cardiovascular disease that can lead to serious heart problems.
Risk factors in women for cardiovascular disease
Before menopause, women are at a lower risk of getting cardiovascular disease, but after the age of 40, your risk is higher. There can also be a family history of cardiovascular disease, so if this is the case, you should get advice from a medical heart expert, or cardiologist.
It is important to be aware of the risk factors that can contribute to cardiovascular problems, especially because the more risk factors you have, the higher your chance of having heart disease. These include:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- being overweight
- not doing enough physical activity
Symptoms of cardiovascular disease
Many women going through menopause experience symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings as well as a racing heartbeat. Heart palpitations during menopause are usually totally harmless, but it is still important to get this checked.
The main symptoms of cardiovascular disease include:
- pain or pressure in the chest
- pain in the arms, left shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back
- shortness of breath
- nausea and fatigue
- light headedness
- cold sweats
It is important to know that there may be other underlying symptoms that would only be picked up in a cardio health screening. So, the only way to be fully sure of your heart health is to book a screening.
Book a cardiovascular health screening
If you are concerned at all that you might have symptoms or a higher risk of cardiovascular heart disease, it is important that you get advice from a professional.
For total reassurance, our advice is to book a cardio health screening. A screening includes a thorough check of your heart and cardiovascular system and can pick up on any problems at an early stage.
Dr Grosser can talk through all your treatment options, including simple lifestyle changes to help manage any conditions that could contribute to your risk of developing a serious heart condition. Get in touch with the team today and book your cardio screening.