Heart Health for Women
You may think heart disease only affects men. This is not true. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. FDA has tips to help you make good decisions about your heart health.
Choose foods that are ‘low salt’ or ‘low sodium’.
Limit foods that have ‘trans fat’. Too much trans fat can cause heart attacks.
Cut back on sugar. Sugar is also labeled as ‘glucose’, ‘fructose’, ‘sucrose’, and ‘corn syrup’.
Common health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.
Take your medicines as directed. Do not stop taking your medicines until your doctor says that it is OK.
If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level.
Get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested.
Ask your doctor how you should manage your health conditions during pregnancy.
Some women need a device to help their heart work. Talk to your doctor about what device is best for your heart problem.
Download a booklet to help you talk to your doctor about medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.
Learn about the risks of taking statin medicines to lower your cholesterol.
Daily use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks or a stroke is not right for everyone.
Ask your healthcare provider if you should use aspirin.
If aspirin is right for you, find out:
-how much you should take
-how often you should take it.
-how long you should take aspirin. Some products combine aspirin with other ingredients and are not
meant for long-term use.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines and supplements you take. Your risk of bleeding may be higher if you use aspirin with also taking certain medicines, vitamins, or herbs.
Read other tips on the daily use of aspirin.
The signs of a heart attack can be different for women than they are for men.
Chest pain (heavy ache or pressure)
Pain in your upper body (arms, neck, jaw, back or upper stomach)
Shortness of breath
Breaking out in a cold sweat
Unusual or unexplained tiredness
Feeling dizzy or light-headed
Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea)
Call 9-1-1 if you think you are having a heart attack.