Tips for Healthy Heart Month

February is heart health month, so look for advice throughout the month intended to help you manage cardio-related health concerns.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. Unfortunately, women are at a disadvantage when it comes to matters of the heart as they often don't realize that heart disease is as much of a threat to them as it is to men. They are less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and therefore are more likely to put off seeking treatment. In addition, doctors tend to treat women less aggressively with surgery, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors or even aspirin after a heart attack.

Common symptoms of a heart attack shared by both genders include:

•Chest discomfort
•Arm discomfort
•Shortness of breath
•Sweating and clammy skin
•Stomach pain and feelings of indigestion

Additionally, women are more likely than men to experience unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances and anxiety, as well as throat, jaw and neck discomfort during a heart attack.
Don't let your gender influence your response to heart concerns. If you experience these symptoms and feel you might be having a heart attack, don't delay dialing 911 - the most effective window for treatment occurs during the first 60 minutes of symptoms

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