Heart Disease Risk in Women


 Many women say their physicians never talk to them about coronary risk and sometimes don’t even recognize the symptoms, mistaking them instead for signs of panic disorder, stress, and even hypochondria.


Gender matters: Heart disease risk in women

In a survey conducted by the American Heart Association, about half of the women interviewed knew that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, yet only 13% said it was their greatest personal health risk.

Top heart attack symptoms in women

One month before a heart attack

During a heart attack

Unusual fatigue (71%)

Shortness of breath (58%)

Sleep disturbance (48%)

Weakness (55%)

Shortness of breath (42%)

Unusual fatigue (43%)

Indigestion (39%)

Cold sweat (39%)

Anxiety (36%)

Dizziness (39%)

Heart racing (27%)

Nausea (36%)

Arms weak/heavy (25%)

Arms weak/heavy (35%)


Harvard Health Publishing

March 25, 2017

Dr. Parker’s Commentary

For far too long medicine and diagnosis has based on the average 180 pound white male.
For much more information about women’s heart issues, visit Carolyn Thomas’s website:  www.heartsisters.org.
Carolyn’s heart disease was mis-diagnosed over and over again;  her story and the resources she provides are invaluable.   


“The heart of animals is the foundation of their life, the sovereign of everything within them, the sun of their microcosm, that upon which all growth depends, from which all power proceeds.”

—Dr. William Harvey,
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, 1628.


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Dr. Parker is a 68 year old heart attack survivor and cardiac psychologist.He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University with forty years of clinical experience. Dr. Parker is available for consultation on heart matters. Contact him at heartcurrents(at)gmail.com.