More women die of heart disease than any other cause. Find out how you can reduce your risk and prevent heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It kills up to 10 times more women than breast cancer.
Many women don’t experience any high blood pressure or high cholesterol issues until they have gone through menopause. Estrogen, a female hormone, can have a protective effect on heart health. But after menopause, the amount of estrogen in the body decreases.
Suddenly, many women can start experiencing heart disease without warning. If they don’t regularly see their physicians for heart health screenings, heart disease may go untreated because they don’t show obvious symptoms of any issues.
Bellevue Woman’s Center is dedicated to improving the health of all women, including their heart health. We offer a specialized prevention program designed just for women to identify heart health risks and improve health.
Our Heart Disease Prevention Program
The Women and Heart Disease program is a simple way to screen for heart disease early so women can get the care they need or make changes to their lifestyle to improve their health. This prevention program is the first of its kind in the area.
In just one appointment, you can find out the information you need to treat or prevent heart disease early. During your appointment, you will:
- Undergo evaluation for your personal risks for heart disease, including family history, weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol
- Talk about the results of your assessment and what they mean for your future
- Receive a referral to a specialist, like a cardiologist, if you need it
Knowing your numbers, like your cholesterol and blood pressure, is essential to understanding your risk for heart disease. Once you have this information, you can take steps to improve your health with diet, exercise, and medication.
Know the Signs of a Heart Attack
Women often show different signs of a heart attack than men. This means that they might not know they are having a heart attack and don’t seek care quickly. It also means that health professionals might not see women quickly because their symptoms don’t seem as serious as chest pain.
In women, signs of a heart attack may include:
- Pressure or squeezing in your chest that may or may not hurt and may last more than a few minutes
- Jaw pain
- Arm pain
- Back pain
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 right away. Never drive to the hospital yourself if you think you are having a heart attack. You should also avoid having others drive you. That’s because paramedics can begin diagnosing your heart attack and preparing you for care on your way to the hospital, leading to faster treatment of heart attack once you arrive. They can also perform lifesaving CPR if necessary.
While mammograms receive more attention than heart health screenings, it is still vital for you to keep an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol as you age.
To schedule a screening, please call 518.243.3333. We offer screenings at Bellevue Woman’s Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.