hands holding red heart on light blue backgroundHeart disease is the nation's leading killer of women. It’s a higher risk for women in mid-life when changes from menopause can affect your weight, body fat and cholesterol levels. That’s why it’s important to know the risk factors and healthy lifestyle choices that can help you avoid heart disease.

With heart disease you may experience dull chest pain or pain in the neck, throat, upper abdomen or back, and it may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or fatigue when you’re resting or active. Heart disease can also be a silent killer with no symptoms until you have an emergency like a heart attack.

Women tend to have heart attack symptoms that are different from men. Instead of a sharp pain in the chest and left arm, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, as well as pain in the arms, back or neck that may come and go before becoming intense.

Prevention is the best defense against heart disease and most of us need to work at it. About half of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as diabetes; being overweight or obese; eating an unhealthy diet; physical inactivity or drinking too much alcohol.

You can start to reduce the risk for heart disease by managing your blood pressure. Check it regularly because high blood pressure can have no symptoms. Also know your cholesterol levels and find out if you should be tested for diabetes.

Get more physically active and learn how to make healthy food choices to avoid being overweight or obese. Limit alcohol to one drink per day and if you smoke, you need to quit.

You also need a health care provider who can develop a customized treatment plan that fits your daily life and medical needs. Northline Women’s Health Center serves women in Downriver and Brownstown with complete care for every phase of life.

Heart disease is a real risk but you can manage that risk with more awareness, better lifestyle choices and a health partner to show you the way.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax