California cardiologist Dr. Jacqueline A. Eubany has recently written an important book entitled, Women and Heart Disease: The Real Story. 

Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. It kills six times as many women as breast cancer! Stroke, also considered a cardiovascular disease, is the second leading cause of cardiovascular death in women. 

Dr. Eubany does a thorough exam of women and heart disease. She explains what the disease is, as well as risk assessment. She addresses physical activity, diet and healthy weight, in their relation to your heart. She also discusses the increased risk to women with hypertension, high cholesterol and those who have taken hormone replacement therapy

“Because their symptoms are not classic, women often fail to recognize they are having a cardiac event,” writes Dr. Eubany, concerning heart attack symptoms. “When women do present to the emergency room, the diagnosis is often either delayed or missed entirely, leading to higher mortality levels in women compared to men with similar clinical characteristics.”

This makes it more challenging for women to recognize and get treatment for what’s happening to them. The symptoms tend to be subtle, and are generally experienced up to a month prior to having a heart attack. 

Dr. Eubany said while women’s heart attack symptoms vary, those typical are one, two or a combination of the following; chest pressure or discomfort, as well as pain that radiates to the arms, (primarily the left, but can be both); difficulty catching one’s breath; breaking into a cold sweat, feeling anxious, and having a sense of doom; lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting. 

In addition, the National Institutes of Health reflected that 70 percent of women complained of unusual fatigue, 48 percent had sleep disturbances, 42 percent reported shortness of breath, 39 percent complained of indigestion, and 35 percent experienced anxiety. 

Women and Heart Disease: The Real Story is easy-to-read, and written in terms a layperson can understand. To order a copy of Dr. Jacqueline Eubany’s book, go to womenandheartdiseasebook.com