DOVER — Wentworth-Douglass Hospital cardiologist Dr. Whitney Coppolino said heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, as it is for men.
“Heart attacks and heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined,” Coppolino said. “That’s all cancers, not just breast cancer. It used to be thought of as a man’s disease but that has been totally debunked so women need to be talking about this and realizing their risks.”
The American Heart Association began the educational “Go Red” campaign in the early 2000s, to teach women about heart disease and what they can do about it. Coppolino said they are doing a great job of educating women about their risks, but many still discount the danger.
A person in their 30s can have a heart attack or it can be a person in their 90s. While they might have the classic chest crushing sensation of a heart attack that is often seen in men, Coppolino said women can present very differently.
“The classic elephant on the chest can and does happen,” she said. “Women can also present with nausea, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath on exertion. They can have jaw pain and think what they need is a dentist.”
A heart attack is not the only risk for women.
“Stroke is a part of cardiovascular disease,” Coppol Read More