The Link Between Women’s Heart Health and Their Feet

All of February is American Heart Month, but Feb. 4th is special. That day is National Wear Red Day, observed every year on the first Friday in February. It’s a yearly campaign to raise awareness about heart disease, specifically women. On this day, everyone across the country dons red to raise and spread awareness to help eradicate heart disease and stroke in millions of women all over the nation. Here we will explore the links between women’s heart health and their feet.


The leading cause of death for both women and men in the U.S is heart disease; however, women often have different warning signs. Women also often seek medical help later than they should because they might not know their symptoms are dangerous. Hence, it is important to understand the unique symptoms of heart disease in women.


Besides pain and pressure in the chest, the most common signs of a heart attack, women are likelier than men to have other symptoms as well:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back, or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue


PAD, peripheral arterial disease, is a common problem where your arteries become narrow. It limits the blood flow to your limbs. If your feet don’t receive enough blood, you may experience several symptoms such as:

  • Sores or ulcers on your feet or toes that won’t heal
  • Slower growth of your toenails
  • Coldness in one foot as compared to the other
  • Loss of hair or slower growth on the feet
  • Weak pulse in the feet

As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.

Dr. Ryan L. D’AmicoDr. Donal M. EricksonDr. Keith Sherman,  Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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