Go Red for Women

Heart Disease in Women

Although heart disease is sometimes thought of a man's disease, almost as many women as men die each year of heart disease. This map from the Center for Disease Control shows the death rates of heart disease in women in the United States. How can you prevent heart disease? Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Here are some other steps you can do to prevent heart disease

Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

Women may have all, none, many or a few of the typical heart attack symptoms. For women, the most common heart attack symptom is still some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But women are more likely than men to also have heart attack symptoms without chest pain, such as:

  • Abdominal pain, discomfort or "heart burn."
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Sweating.
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue.

Go Red For Women is a passionate, emotional, social initiative run by the American Heart Association (AHA) and designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Go Red For Women encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease and also action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion, and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

Page last updated: January 29, 2020