Heart Disease in Women
Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in America. “There’s always been a misperception that women are protected from having heart disease. I tell women that a female smoker is at higher risk as compared to a male smoker. And for a diabetic female that smokes, the risk is actually probably higher than a male counterpart,” says Oyidie Igbokidi, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at CHI St. Vincent. “Most people have the classic symptoms – chest discomfort, difficulty breathing with activity, leg swelling, excessive fatigue. If the symptoms are severe when you are experiencing them, you should definitely call 911.”
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