Prevea Health

Women's heart care

 
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At Prevea, we understand that women have different risks, lifestyle factors and biology than men. That’s why we tailor our prevention and treatment plans based on a woman’s unique needs.  We offer prevention and treatment of heart disease in women across their lifespan—from childbearing years through menopause and beyond.

We’re here to help you learn how to manage your heart health with a proactive approach. We offer heart risk screenings so you can learn about any issues that may affect your heart health and teach you how to take a positive approach to improving your individual risk factors.

Our women’s heart care includes stress management, nutrition and exercise counseling, cardiac rehabilitation and diagnostic testing.  We coordinate women’s heart care for them and serve as a point of contact for the patient, other cardiovascular specialists and referring physicians.

We treat conditions that arise during pregnancy and are associated with increased risk of heart disease later in life.

Who should schedule an appointment with Prevea Women’s Heart Care?
  • Women over age 18 with a family history of heart disease.
  • Women over age 18 who have any concerns about their heart health or would like an assessment.
  • Women who have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
  • Women with a history of shortness of breath or other cardiac-related symptoms.
  • Women with other cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and/or tobacco use.
  • Women who experience complicated pregnancies.
  • Women who have had cancer treatment.

Facts on women and heart disease
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013—that’s about 1 in every 4 female deaths.
  • Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer.
  • About 5.8% of all white women, 7.6% of black women, and 5.6% of Mexican American women have coronary heart disease.
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.4 Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Heart attack symptoms in women
While some women have no symptoms, others experience angina (dull, heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort), pain in the neck/jaw/throat or pain in the upper abdomen or back. These may occur during rest, begin during physical activity, or be triggered by mental stress.

Women are more likely to describe chest pain that is sharp, burning and more frequently have pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back.

Sometimes heart disease may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, an arrhythmia, or stroke.

These symptoms may include:
  • Heart Attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea/vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, and shortness of breath.
  • Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).
  • Heart Failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of the feet/ankles/legs/abdomen.
  • Stroke: Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face/arms/legs, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms may include: confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness, or sudden and severe headache.
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