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Heart Health for Women

  • Understanding Women’s Heart Health

    Heart health

    The heart is a strong muscle that pumps blood throughout your body daily. Blood not only supplies oxygen and nutrients to all organs, tissues and cells, but also functions to remove dangerous wastes from the body.

    Heart disease and stroke combined is the leading cause of death among women in Singapore. Many women are not aware that their heart disease symptoms differ from men's. We look at the unique heart disease symptoms in women and steps to take to reduce the risk of heart disease. 

    Some common questions asked by women were posted on our Facebook page and answered by cardiologist Dr Daniel Yeo during a live Q&A session on 8 April. Read the Q&A to learn more about heart disease in women and how to make good decisions for your heart's well-being.

  • Heart Attack in Women

    Women's heart health

    Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, most often due to buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. The most common heart attack symptom for both men and women is chest pain. However, not all women experience chest pain during a heart attack. It is important to know the warning signs in women so that early action can be taken.

    Signs & Symptoms

    In some cases, women may experience a heart attack without chest pain. Heart attack symptoms in women include:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Sweating
    • Dizziness
    • Pain in one or both arms
    • Chest pain
    • Neck pain
    • Jaw pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Pain in upper back area
    • Abdominal discomfort

    If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

    Risk Factors

    The following factors may contribute to the development of heart disease:

    • Coronary artery disease
    • Diabetes
    • Smoking
    • Inactivity
    • Mental stress or depression
    • Menopause

    If you have any of the risk factors, it is important to go for regular heart screening with a specialist to ensure a healthy heart. Talk to your cardiologist to find out more.

    Diagnosis & Treatment

    If you are diagnosed to be at risk of heart disease, your cardiologist will assess the severity of your condition and may prescribe medication or lifestyle changes. In life-threatening cases, surgical intervention may be required. Talk to your cardiologist to find out more.

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