From heart disease to breast cancer to depression, WebMD gives the inside information on why women are at high risk for these problems but may not know it. We are going to examine the #1 Lady Killer….
In order to make full use of this information, Saralyn Mark, MD, encourages women to take charge of their health. She says women need to work in partnership with their doctors by finding out their family medical history, educating themselves on health issues, and paying attention to their bodies.
“You know what makes you feel good, you know when you don’t feel well. Understanding your body is key,” says Mark, senior medical adviser for the Office on Women’s Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
While WebMD examined five medical conditions that are of great concern pertaining to women’s health we are going to take a closer look at the #1 Lady Killer – heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women. In women, the condition is responsible for about 29% of deaths, reports the CDC. Yet death in itself isn’t the biggest problem for women with heart disease. The real trouble is in premature death and disability, says Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network.
“There are far too many women dying of heart disease in their 60s, when no one expects to die because that’s too young in this country,” says Pearson. ” The symptoms for women are typical for women, and they are often missed by doctors and the patient themselves,” Mark explains. “We often think of symptoms … like chest pain. Some people may have that, but others may just have a little bit of jaw pain, shoulder ache, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath.”
Ladies – take control of your health! Head to the doctors and have these conversations. Are you nervous, afraid of needles (like me) or could use some support? Speak up, tell someone and then take someone! Don’t let the Lady Killer make you one of it’s victims and rob you of enjoying your best life Under Your Brim.