Everyone is in charge of their own wellness. However, there are certain groups who need to pay extra attention to their overall health. That is true for anyone over the age of 60 and, to a general extent, for women. It is important that we all pay attention to what our bodies are trying to tell us with regard to changes. Normal aches and pains are to be expected but persistent troubles should be dealt with.

These are 5 common health concerns for women to focus on:

Cardiovascular Health

The alarming statistic that every woman should be aware of is the fact that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. That is according to the CDC. The typical symptoms of experiencing a heart attack is when the left side of your body goes numb and the chest tightens. However, with women, the signs of a heart attack episode can include nausea and jaw pain. That is why sometimes women are misdiagnosed with a heart attack and that can lead to complications.

Fertility Issues

This is obviously one of those issues that “drops out” the older you become. For women under the age of 44 who are trying to get pregnant, 10% admit to struggling. There could be a lot of underlying reasons for not getting pregnant such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. If you are making the effort with no results, then it is time to see a fertility specialist for a proper diagnosis.

Mental Health

Mental health issues should be a concern for everyone. With women, conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disease are more prevalent. There are also the instances of developing postpartum depression for women who have just given birth.

Breast Cancer

No matter your age or your race, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer striking women. One of the many factors that can contribute to the disease is simply aging. Fortunately, there are many effective tests and screening procedures that can detect the presence of cancerous cells and tumors early on. That is the most effective way to combat the disease. At the age of 40, women should start having annual mammogram procedures to stay ahead of any possible problems. If breast cancer is part of your family’s medical history, then your doctor might have to start these screenings earlier on.

Autoimmune Illnesses

Diseases like lupus, diabetes and arthritis are all consider autoimmune illnesses. A startling 75% of people who are diagnosed with those illnesses are women. Most of these can be traced through hereditary lines.
Being aware of these concerns are good issues to bring up with your doctor for your next physical.