Heart of a Woman

RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc. Pharm.

Is the heart of a woman different from the heart of a man? Frequently, a female’s heart attack is missed. Heart attacks in women often display uncommon symptoms. These symptoms can be very different from and more vague than those in men. Women are more likely to show the following atypical signs: heartburn, nausea, trouble breathing, dizziness as well as toothache, jaw or back pain. Her doctor may ignore or misdiagnose these signs and fail to order follow-up cardiac tests. Yet, heart disease is the leading killer of women in North America. Sixty percent of all heart attack victims are women. One in three women over the age of 65 live with some form of heart disease.

Sixty-two percent of Canadian women ages 18-74 exhibits one or more risk factors, including habitual cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and elevated blood cholesterol. How can women improve their heart health? The well-known cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Director of Medical Education at the Manchester Memorial Hospital and author of “Heart Sense for Women,” had four pillars to his program to enhance overall heart health and vitality.

(1) Mediterranean-type diet
(2) Daily exercise and activity
(3) Stress reduction designed for women
(4) Nutritional supplements including Coenzyme Q10, B-Vitamins (folic acid, B12, B6), Carotenoids (lutein), Magnesium/calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Grape seed Extract (OPC’s), and Alpha lipoic acid.

It is never too late to care for your heart, even if you already have cardiovascular disease or have suffered a heart attack. The human heart has incredible abilities to rejuvenate.

RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc.Pharm, earned her degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in 1972. After extensive studies in herbal and nutritional medicine, RoseMarie integrated these disciplinary practices with her pharmacy education to become Canada’s first Holistic Pharmacist.