Studies say that women are more prone to various heart diseases like heart attacks than men are, although this has remained a common cause of death for both women and men in many countries. One of the major challenges involved in diagnosing heart diseases in women is that the symptoms are completely different from that in men. For women, it is highly important to understand these symptoms to minimize the risk of heart ailments.


Discomforts and pain in the chest region is one of the most common symptoms of an impending heart disease. Nevertheless, a heart attack can happen without the presence of chest pains too, though this happens very rarely. The condition of the disease is also much complicated in women than in men, as the blockages occurs in smaller arteries also, which is known as coronary micro vascular disease.

For women, there are many other heart attack symptoms like abnormal sweating, abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, etc. In addition, it should be noted that mental stress is also another major trigger for heart attack symptoms among women. When experiencing any such symptoms it is recommended to get quick medical help to prevent further complications.


Apart from the more common risk factors for heart diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity affect women the most, although other factors also contribute to heart ailments. Diabetes, smoking, inactivity, mental stress, menopause, broken heart syndrome, and complications in pregnancy are some of the other causes that lead to heart disorders in women. In addition, women suffering from various inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis also have a greater chance of developing heart diseases.


Making noticeable changes in the lifestyle is one of the best ways for women to minimize the risk of heart diseases. Having ample amounts of physical exercise supplemented with a healthy and balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, whole grains, etc., is vital as well.

There are, however, many things to avoid in preventing any further occurrences of heart diseases. The first thing to do is quit smoking, as it has many negative impacts on women’s health, particularly their cardio vascular system. Moreover, totally avoid foods that contain trans fat, added sugars, and high quantities of salt.

Above all, it is necessary to seek the assistance of qualified health professionals in getting the appropriate medications for lowering the risk of heart diseases.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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