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Risks & signs

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Learn the risks and signs for heart disease and stroke - it could save a woman's life.


Learn your risks

Stroke survivor Lisa Meeches.

Lives disrupted

Women are disproportionately affected by stroke throughout their lives. The Heart & Stroke 2018 Stroke Report looks at the challenges they face across the health system.

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Women's unique risk factors

There are heart disease and stroke risk factors that may be unique in women like diabetes, estrogen, birth control pills, menopause and hormone replacement therapy changes. 

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Prevention is key

Many risk factors for heart disease and stroke are in your power to control. Explore our heart-healthy tips on diet, exercise, stress and more.

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Signs of stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency. If you experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

Trust your instincts

Heart attack symptoms go unrecognized in 53% of women. If something concerns you, trust your instincts and talk to your doctor. We’ve created a tool to help you . 

Signs of heart attack in women

Women don’t always have the “Hollywood Heart Attack”, with its characteristic chest-clutching pain. If you experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

  • Chest discomfort 

    Chest discomfort 

    Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness

  • Sweating

    Sweating

  • Upper Body Discomfort 

    Upper Body Discomfort 

    Neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back

  • Nausea

    Nausea

  • Shortness of Breath

    Shortness of Breath

  • Light-headedness

    Light-headedness

To stop women from dying, we need to close the research gap.

  • How is Heart & Stroke creating a better future for women?

  • Am I at greater risk for heart disease and stroke?

  • Where can I read about real women's experiences with heart disease and stroke?

  • Where can I find a community of support? 

  • How can I learn more to protect myself and my loved ones?

  • How can I do more to make change?

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