Death rates from heart attacks have dropped over the past 30 years, yet rates for women have not dropped significantly. Alerting women to the signs of heart attack and stroke was the theme as Cadbury at Lewes hosted The Heart of a Woman in cooperation with Beebe Medical Center in observance of American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program. The program’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke – the No. 1 killer of women and men that is deadlier than all forms of cancer.
Ehtasham A. Qureshi, medical director of Beebe’s Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Lab, spoke Feb. 6, about how cardiovascular disease differs in women and men.
Women do not necessarily have the same signs and symptoms as men for a heart attack, Qureshi said.
Practicing a healthier lifestyle, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, frequent exercise and not smoking, contribute to reducing risks associated with heart attack and stroke.
Qureshi said people who have risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels, should be aware of symptoms such as dizziness, pain in the chest and arms, irregular heart rhythms, nausea and intestinal discomfort.