3 things every woman needs to know about heart attacks

15 October 2017 - 00:00 By Staff Reporter
Heart attack symptoms may include an uneasy feeling in the chest.
Heart attack symptoms may include an uneasy feeling in the chest.
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1. About 210 people die from heart disease every day in South Africa and the figure is rising. One in four women will have a heart condition before 60; menopause increases the risk threefold.

2. Heart attack symptoms in women may not be the typical tightness or chest pain; expect an uneasy feeling in the chest, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and/or swollen feet.

3. Smoking, alcohol, obesity, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyles heighten the risk; reduce the risk by maintaining healthy weight, limiting salt and alcohol, and reducing stress. 

Source: The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA.