Coronary artery disease (CAD) is when the arteries of the heart are partly or totally blocked by plaque (plak). You may have a lot of plaque because it runs in your family. Eating high fat foods may also cause plaque buildup. CAD is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. The rate of death is especially high for African-American women. CAD may cause you to have a heart attack or stroke. The risk of death from heart disease is 4 to 6 times higher than from breast cancer.
How is CAD different for women?
What are the risk factors for CAD in women?
What are the symptoms of CAD in women? Symptoms of CAD may be general. The following symptoms are common with women:
Tests may be done to learn if you have blockage in your heart arteries. You may need to take medicine to decrease cholesterol. You may need to go into the hospital for tests and treatment. Surgery may be needed if tests show you have serious blockage of your heart arteries.
Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.
Other ways of treating your symptoms :
Talk to your caregiver if:
You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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