Do women have heart problems? While the symptoms might be different than they are for men, the answer is \u201cyes.\u201d\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\u2019re 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\u2019s easy for women to care for others, but what about caring for yourself? Do you ignore how you feel because you\u2019re too busy, or because you think there\u2019s nothing to it?\nYou might think you\u2019re feeling tired because you\u2019re getting older. Or if you\u2019re pregnant, you guess that\u2019s why you\u2019re feeling light-headed. You\u2019ve had a dry cough for a few months, but isn\u2019t it just a cold? Maybe, but maybe not. It\u2019s 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\u2019s very important to know that heart attack symptoms can be different for women than they are for men. Women don\u2019t 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 \u2013 Happens when the blood vessels that bring blood and nutrients to the heart and blocked\nValve problems \u2013 Happen when the valves don\u2019t open or close properly\nArrhythmia \u2013 Happens when your heart beats too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way\nHeart failure \u2013 Happens when your heart can\u2019t pump enough blood to meet your body\u2019s 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\u2019s 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.