Women's Heart Program
We are committed to the prevention, detection and treatment of
all types of heart disease with special interest and expertise
in addressing the concerns and risks of women.
Learn How to Handle
According to the American Heart Association (AHA),
a heart-healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Here is a list
of important things
you can do to keep your heart strong and working efficiently:
- A low-fat, cholesterol diet; saturated fats and cholesterol
in foods can raise your cholesterol level, a strong risk factor
for heart disease.
- Get regular exercise; you are twice as likely to develop heart
disease if you are inactive than if you exercise regularly.
Exercise that increases your heart rate – such as brisk
walking, swimming – lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol
level, and strengthens your heart so that it can pump more
blood with less effort.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk
of high blood pressure and diabetes, two important risk factors
for heart disease. If you are 20 percent or more over your
ideal weight, you are putting your health in danger. This
is particularly true if your body shape is such that you carry
excess weight around your waist.
- Do NOT smoke cigarettes. If you smoke, QUIT. Smoking dramatically
increases your risk of heart disease.
Heart Disease in Women
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of
American women? And that heart disease kills more women than
men each year? In fact, cardiovascular disease kills more women each
all other cancers combined. Each year in this country alone,
500,000 women suffer an acute heart attack, and 250,000 women will die
disease. Women are known to take a longer time to go to the
hospital when they have heart attacks. When they arrive, they may receive
Researchers believe that because women
suffer more atypical symptoms during a heart attack then
do men, they may not immediately realize they are having
a heart attack, therefore explaining the longer time seeking
medical treatment. Women are more likely than men to describe
heart attack pain as a sharp
discomfort, a gas pain, a pain in the neck or a toothache or
pains in the arms rather than a pain in the center of the
chest. So women, take heart – the
time to act is now. Are you paying attention to your heart?
and Heart Attack Symptoms
Women demonstrate their symptoms differently from men,
and sometimes they are not recognized. Symptoms of women with
cardiac distress could be:
- Uncomfortable pressure of the chest, neck or throat
- Shortness of breath
Women may not even experience chest pain. Be
sure to examine your risk factors for heart attack. These risk
- Family history of sudden death or heart attack before age 60
- High Blood Pressure
- Abnormal Cholesterol
- Postmenopausal Status
- Cocaine use
Remember, to be at risk you don’t have
to have all of these risk factors. If you have questions or concerns,
be sure to contact your doctor.
Women’s Heart Program Offerings
- Risk factor screenings and heart disease risk assessments
- Lifestyle modification and medications, when needed
- State-of-the-art diagnostic procedures
Are you at risk? Take the Heart
Health Quiz to find out.
Follow the links below for more information:
Now Accepting New Patients.
Most Insurances Accepted.
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