It may be surprising to learn that heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. In fact, 500,000 women will experience a heart attack next year. Many of these women will die as a result. To reduce your risk of heart disease, know your figures.

Category of Health Recommendation
Height and Weight Ideal according to your height
Waist Measurement Less than 35 inches
Blood Pressure Lower than 120/80
Cholesterol HDL 60 or higher; LDL less than 100 is optimal; Triglycerides less than 150
Glucose (Blood Sugar) 60 - 100
Cigarettes Smoked 0 per day
Minutes of Exercise 30 - 60 minutes per day

Sympoms of a Heart Attack

  • Discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts longer than a few minutes
  • Shortness of breath, often without chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating

Other Symptoms Women May Experience

  • Fatigue
  • Interruption of sleep patterns
  • Back and shoulder blade pain
  • Weakness in chest, arms, shoulder
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cold sweats
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Denial