CAD is the narrowing or development of blockage in the coronary arteries that can limit or prevent the flow of blood to your heart. If the heart doesn’t get all the nutrients and oxygen it needs, it can fail.
CAD is the number one killer of women in the United States. American women are four to six times more likely to die of a myocardial infarction than from breast cancer.
We often hear about CAD, but usually it’s about the symptoms that men encounter. However, the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center has learned during the last several years that women often present with more vague symptoms for CAD and later in life than men do. We have seen many women discharged from ERs with vague symptoms and return only to be diagnosed with a heart attack. The Heart & Vascular Center has done extensive education to prevent this from happening in the future.
Common Signs of a Heart Attack
STOP SMOKING OR DON’T START
Control your Blood Pressure
Control Cholesterol Levels
Control Your Weight
What to Do: