Do women have heart problems? While the symptoms might be different than they are for men, the answer is “yes.”\nCoronary heart disease is the number one killer of women, affecting one out of every three women each year. While the risk of heart disease increases with age and menopause, younger women are at risk for heart disease, too. By learning some basic facts about symptoms, you can talk with your doctor about whether you’re at risk.\nFind more information. Contact the UPMC Women\u2019s Heart Program.\nSigns and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women\nWomen are busy juggling tasks at work and at home. It’s easy for women to care for others, but what about caring for yourself? Do you ignore how you feel because you’re too busy, or because you think there’s nothing to it?\nYou might think you’re feeling tired because you’re getting older. Or if you’re pregnant, you guess that’s why you’re feeling light-headed. You’ve had a dry cough for a few months, but isn’t it just a cold? Maybe, but maybe not. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor if you have:\n\nShortness of breath\nChest pain\nFluttering in the chest (also called heart palpitations)\nFatigue, or feeling very tired\nCoughing, especially a dry cough\nAnxiety\nSwelling of your feet or ankles\nFast weight gain\n\nAnd, it’s very important to know that heart attack symptoms can be different for women than they are for men. Women don’t always have the classic symptoms like chest pain, arm pain, and shortness of breath. Your symptoms might be less dramatic and can include:\n\nPressure or pain in the chest that comes and goes\nSweating\nNausea\nDizziness or light-headedness\nPain in the jaw, arm, or back\n\nIf you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Early treatment can save your life.\nCommon Heart Problems\nBoth men and women are affected by:\n\nCoronary artery disease – Happens when the blood vessels that bring blood and nutrients to the heart and blocked\nValve problems – Happen when the valves don’t open or close properly\nArrhythmia – Happens when your heart beats too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way\nHeart failure – Happens when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs\n\nGet Checked or Screened\nBy having a checkup, you can get facts about your symptoms, your risks, and your treatment options.\nVisit the UPMC Women’s Heart Program or call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (1-855-876-2484) to learn more or request an appointment. You can also gain insight into your risk factors by visiting a free heart screening.