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Women's Heart Health

Content by: Erin Nugent, RD

Heart Health is important for everyone, but research shows that women have varying characteristics that influence heart disease.

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Research has shown the following:
❦ Women who felt their roles were rewarding were significantly more likely to be physically active and not smoke.
❦ Other high reward roles in our lives can help to reduce the negative health effects of stress.
❦ By seeking out more rewarding work opportunities and feeling fulfilled in roles at home, women can counterbalance their stress.
❦ Coping mechanisms such as finding a support system, exercise, healthy eating, and making time for your own needs can all help to reduce your stress level and improve heart health.

Symptoms women should watch for...
☙ General stroke symptoms: numbness or weakness in limbs or face, trouble speaking, vision issues, lack ☙ of coordination, severe headache with unknown cause
☙ Additional stroke symptoms most common in women: overall weakness, confusion/ memory problems, nausea/ vomiting
☙ General Heart attack symptoms: shortness: shortness of breath, nausea/ vomiting, jack or neck pain, tightness in the chest
☙ Heart attack symptoms most common in women: fainting, indigestion, extreme fatigue, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen

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