July 6, 2011- Heart disease has become a silent killer for women. In the year following a first heart attack women are more likely to die says a new report. The symptoms of a heart attack include pain in the jaw, shortness of breath, back or arm pain and even fatigue. Many middle aged and older women are changing their daily routines to include walking and other cardiovascular exercise.
Other women only make simple changes to their routines of lives. Many are making exercise a priority in their lives. One reason women are getting more concerned is that many of the symptoms for the disease do not show themselves in standard tests that are performed on a regular basis.
Holyoke Medical Center Dr. Sheth said because traditional symptoms are not seen in the standardized tests of today, many times when they are finally diagnosed they have advanced coronary disease.
Doctors therefore are suggesting that even if there are just unusual symptoms then the woman must have them checked by a doctor. The family history is another important factor to take into consideration. It is important to identify risk factors and do not forget to manage your weight and exercise regularly. A regular routine of cardiovascular exercise and a good diet of healthy food will help to lower the risk of the disease.