Life-saving signs to look out for.


  • Women are as susceptible to heart attacks as men
  • Women’s heart attack symptoms are different than men’s
  • Symptoms include: shortness of breath, fatigue and stomach discomfort
  • Diabetes and belly fat are risk signs of heart disease
  • Women with diabetes have 5x the risk of heart disease
  • All women need annual health check-ups


  1. Portions: Use a smaller plate. Half the plate should be salad, a small serving of protein (fit in the palm of your hand), and a whole grain (like Quinoa).
  2. Fats: LDL cholesterol is considered “bad” because it contributes to plaque, which can clog and harden arteries
  3. HDL cholesterol is considered “good” because it removes LDL from our blood Saturated fat comes from meat, dairy and some hydrogenated oils; keep under 10% of daily calories
  4. Trans fats are oils hydrogenated to stay solid; they raise LDL and lower HDL cholesterol
  5. Replace solids like butter with olive and vegetable oils; swap red meat for seafood or unsalted nuts and soy
  6. Polyunsaturated (good) fat comes from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocados, and omega fatty fish
  7. Carbohydrates: Healthy carbohydrates: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans
  8. Unhealthy carbohydrates: white bread, pasta, pastries, sodas, refined foods

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NIECA GOLDBERG, MD, Award-winning Author and
Director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health
 NYU Langone Medical Center


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