Heart Health for Women

You may think heart disease affects men. This is not true. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. The tips to help you make good decisions about your heart health.


  • Eat a heart healthy diet


Choose foods that are ‘low salt’ or ‘low sodium’.

Limit food that has ‘trans fat’. Too much trans fat can cause heart attacks.

Cut back on sugar. Sugar is also labelled as ‘glucose’,’fructose’, ‘sucrose’, and ‘corn syrup’.


  • Manage your health conditions


Common health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

Take your medicines as directed. Do not stop taking your medicines until your doctor says it is okay.

If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level.

Get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested.

Ask your doctor how you should manage your health conditions during pregnancy.

Some women need a device to help their heart work. Talk to your doctor about what device is best for your heart problem.


  • Get the facts about aspirin


Daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks or stroke is not right for everyone.

Ask your healthcare provider if you should use aspirin.

If aspirin is right for you, find out: how much you should take, how often you should take it, how long you should take aspirin. Some products combine aspirin with other ingredients and are not meant for long term use.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines and supplements you take. Your risk of bleeding may be higher if you use aspirin with also taking certain medicines, vitamins, or herbs.


  • Know the signs of a heart attack


The signs of a heart attack can be different for women than they are for men.

  • Chest pain (heavy ache or pressure)
  • Pain in your upper body (arms, neck, jaw, back or upper stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
  • Feeling dizzy or light headed
  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea)