Heart diseases are one of the leading reasons for death among men and women in America. They are the leading causes of death among women in the United States which takes almost 290,000 lives each year. One of every four women faces death due to such diseases. Unfortunately, two-thirds of women dying of coronary heart diseases show no prior symptoms, increasing the risk of not being diagnosed on time.
Despite awareness, only 54% of women recognise that heart-related diseases are their number one killer. African American and white women suffer the most, and these diseases are the prime cause of their deaths while for Hispanic women, such conditions and cancer cause similar number of deaths. For others, like American Indian or Asia Pacific women, cancer causes the most death followed by heart disease. Almost 5.8% of all white women, 7.6% of black women, and 5.6% of Mexican American women have coronary heart disease.
Some women show no symptoms while others experience angina (dull, heavy or even sharp chest pain), pain in the neck or throat, pain in back and upper abdomen when they are under stress or do physical activity. The more frequent pains are sharp chest pain, burning sensation and neck pain. These are symptoms built overtime, however, for those without these problems, there are symptoms of heart attack, arrhythmia, heart failure or even stroke may occur.
There are some risk factors for heart disease among which high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are on top. At least half of the Americans have one of these risk factors. Apart from this, the unhealthy lifestyle of people also put them at risk. They are diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption.
Since the problem exists abundantly, it is better to be safe and adopt a healthy lifestyle that reduces the chances of heart disease. The following list helps you have a better lifestyle:
- Keep your blood pressure in check. High blood pressure has no symptoms, so it is better to have it in check regularly.
- Have a diabetes test and if you are suffering from it, keep it under control since higher diabetes raises the risk of heart disease.
- Quit smoking and alcoholism as soon as you can.
- Check your cholesterol level and avoid foods that raise its levels.
- Have healthy food and diet along with exercise so that you avoid being overweight.
- Finally, keep your stress level lower.
Only you are responsible for your health. Therefore, take care of yourself and have a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease is significant killer of American society, but it can affect anyone and anywhere.