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Good Question: Why is heart disease such a silent killer in women?

February is heart month and according to the American Heart Association one woman in Kentucky will die every hour of every day from a cardiovascular disease.

Good Question: Why is heart disease such a silent killer in women?

For women all across the country heart disease and stroke is the number one killer.

"Women in general have not been aware that heart disease was a risk for them as they have of some other things like breast cancer." said Dr. Paula Hollingsworth of Central Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Hollingsworth says most women look to take care of themselves and let their own health fall by the wayside.

She says every women needs have their blood pressure checked, know their good and bad cholesterol numbers and if diabetic keep it under control.

As for symptoms women with heart disease often differ in that area than men.

"Most women may have gastric pain and think its indigestion." said Dr. Hollingsworth.

Other symptoms include, pain in the chest, pressure or pain in shoulders, neck or jaw
dizziness, nausea and even shortness of breath.

Dr. Hollingsworth says now is the time for women to listen to their bodies.

"They need to make sure their body weight is appropriate for height, they need to make sure they exercise at least 30 minutes for four or five days." said Dr. Hollingsworth.

For more information on heart heath just go to AmericanHeart.org.


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