What Every Woman Should Know about Heart Disease

When people think of heart disease they think of a man clutching his chest having a heart attack. But, heart disease affects just as many women as it does men. In fact, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both genders. Don’t ignore symptoms of heart disease because you’re a woman. Seek help before it’s too late.

Dr. James Needell, and his highly trained staff provide personalized concierge for both men and women. As an expert in chronic disease management, he can treat your cardiac problems and manage your pain.

Do you suffer from chest pain? Dizziness? Or a slow heartbeat? We, at Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care, can help.

Heart disease explained

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes several problems. Coronary artery disease is the most common. It’s when plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries used to transport blood to the heart. This build-up causes arteries to narrow and harden. Over time, the heart stops getting the necessary blood and oxygen to remain functional.

Vascular disease is a condition of the blood vessels, which are responsible for moving blood to different areas of the body. A problem with these vessels can cause serious health concerns and even death. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent these issues from wreaking havoc on your life.


Only men should worry about heart disease, right? Wrong. Almost as many women as men die from heart disease each year in the United States. Not only that, it’s the number one cause of death for women, as it accounts for about one in five deaths.


Symptoms of heart disease can vary between women and men. Women typically experience more subtle symptoms, which is why they’re easily ignored. Here are a few:

  • Discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulder, upper back or abdomen
  • Shortness of breath, nausea, or vomiting
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness

Chest pain may or may not occur. If it does, it feels more like tightness or pressure than significant pain. Another difference is timing. Women are more likely than men to experience symptoms while resting, asleep, or under mental stress.

Risk factors

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity are significant risk factors for both men and women. But there are other risks women experience that can cause symptoms. Diabetes, stress, smoking, and broken heart syndrome are a few. Menopause and pregnancy complications can also cause problems.

Are you looking for a doctor to diagnose or treat your heart disease? Dr. Needell will help manage your symptoms and ensure you’re doing everything possible to stay healthy. Call today at 704-215-5444 and make an appointment.

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