The following first ran on HuffPost’s Healthy Living on July 30.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, killing approximately one woman every minute . Coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common form of heart disease, is equally alarming, causing one in every seven deaths in the U.S. . CAD is caused by the buildup of fatty deposits in the heart arteries.
When plaque blocks more than 50 percent of an artery, it is considered obstructive coronary artery disease. Since a woman’s risk of CAD increases with her age, it’s crucial to understand the symptoms — and know that they may differ from symptoms shown in men.
Women may not experience the typical indicators of CAD that men commonly do, such as chest pain or shortness of breath. Instead, women frequently experience less obvious symptoms that may indicate CAD, but could also stem from other, less serious conditions including heartburn, stress, and anxiety. However, when it comes to the heart, even mild symptoms can be big indicators . (more…)