Cardiovascular disease and heart attack, first cause of death in women

A study points the finger at cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks, considered the leading cause of death among women

Cardiovascular diseases and heart failure are the leading cause of death in women. This is revealed by a new scientific study that warns against the number one killer of the fairer sex.

The data speak for themselves: there is a death every ten minutes for cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks. Not only that, around 80% of these pathologies could be prevented if there was a greater awareness on the part of women of the risks they run. The information was disseminated by Ciro Indolfi, president of the Italian Society of Cardiology (Sic) who announced the new edition of the campaign Live with the Heart, which aims to help women recognize and prevent heart attacks.

What are the symptoms of myocardial infarction and what to do? The first sign of this pathology is a strong pain in the chest, accompanied by a feeling of oppression and compression, which also radiates in the area of ​​the shoulders, arms, back and neck. The person also experiences shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness and cold sweat. Recognizing the heart attack alarm bells is essential for prompt action.

First you need to call medical help and, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take care of the person who has a heart attack. The subject must remain conscious and awake, avoid efforts and remain as calm as possible. To encourage breathing, it may be useful to lift the torso and keep it in a semi-sitting position. In any case it is important to specify in the call to 118 the symptoms of infarction, in this way the paramedics will be prepared for their arrival on the spot and will be able to provide the necessary care quickly.

To prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases it is essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Give yourself a little time each day, practicing at least 30 minutes of physical activity. You don't need to go to the gym, you just need a brisk walk in the open air. Eliminate fat, sugar-rich foods and refined products from your diet, increase your seasonal fruit and vegetable portions (at least five a day), avoid smoking and alcohol.

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