“For both women and men, heart disease is the number one cause of death,” Guthrie Cardiologist, Daniel Sporn, MD said.
You may have heard heart disease is “a man’s disease,” but doctors at Guthrie say it’s a threat that doesn’t spare women and children.
“A lot of the early studies they enrolled men and very few women and women were less aggressively treated than men,” Dr. Sporn said.
They say that myth started with early studies, but we’ve since learned otherwise.
“Woman are more prone, in fact, to heart disease than men. There are more women in this country that develop heart disease than men,” Dr. Sporn said.
Risk factors are diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Family history can also play a big role in your heart health.
“For women, however, they may be more prone to having things like stress and depression as risk factors. Those are less common in men,” Dr. Sporn said.
Women may tend to develop heart disease a little later in life than men, but whether you’re a man or a woman, prevention and treatment are similar. Staying active, exercising daily, even if you’re just going for a 30 minute walk each day, staying away from smoke, and eating a proper diet low in fat and high in fiber can only help. The warning signs may differ from men to women.
“Classical chest discomfort; pain is what we talk about and men experience that more than women,” Dr. Sporn said.
Woman should be aware of shortness of breath, nausea, belly pain, back pain and fatigue.
If you’d like to support heart month and raise awareness for heart disease, you can wear red on Friday. February 5th is national wear red day and many of us here on 18 News are joining with you to support the cause that day.