Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The #1 Killer of Women

Most young 21st century women have the "Super Woman" complex. A feelings of being invincible when it comes to doing, achieving, or handling ANYTHING that may come our way.
However most of us know that way of thinking doesn't help when things "hit the fan".
One thing we are ALL about is keeping our SophistiKats up to date on what is important, on all levels. Nothing can be stressed more than keeping your health in order and most all your TOP priority. 

We always hear on television and in women's health magazines about Breast Cancer being the #1 Killer of women. At one point there was truth to that statement but now any form of Cancer ranks as the #2 Killer of women. So with that being said, You ask the question
"What is the #1 Killer of Women? None other than Heart Disease.

It’s easy to miss heart attack symptoms at the initial stages because symptoms show up differently in women than in men. In fact, the top four symptoms are often misdiagnosed. Immediate intervention can mean life or death, so it’s a good idea for all women to be aware of the warning signs of heart attacks.

Symptoms of heart attack in Women

Most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Here are the symptoms of heart attack in women:

*Shortness of breath (May occur with or without chest discomfort.)
*Nausea and light-headedness
*Flu-like symptoms (Including chills and cold sweats)
*Heart palpitations
*Chest discomfort (Angina): Pain, Tightness or pressure in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back
*Discomfort in other areas (Including pain or discomfort in: one or both arms (especially the left arm), the back, between the shoulder blades, neck, jaw or stomach)
*Heartburn or indigestion
*Extreme fatigue

Provided below is the information concerning Stroke Prevention. (Which goes hand in hand with heart disease and is listed as the #3 Killer of Women)

Symptoms of stroke in Women

Strokes are not as common as heart attacks, but can come on without warning. Here are signs that a stroke may be occurring:

*Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
*Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
*Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
*Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
*Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

It’s worth noting that in some women symptoms of heart problems, like palpitations, chills or faintness, may actually be symptoms of pre-menopause. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms, you should see your health care practitioner.

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