Women’s Heart Center

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Women's Heart CenterThe Women’s Heart Center at Deborah is a dedicated outpatient clinic with highly-skilled cardiologists committed to helping women combat heart disease—the number one killer among American women.

The Women’s Heart Center combines Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s expertise in treating heart and vascular disease with programs to reduce weight, quit smoking, eat better, sleep more soundly, manage diabetes, and educate women about the signs and symptoms of heart and vascular disease. This multi-pronged approach aims to reduce heart and vascular disease among women.

Facts About Heart Disease

  • Over 60% of women believe their biggest health threat is breast cancer, but heart disease kills 6 times as many women as breast cancer
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women ages 35 and older
  • About one-third of women have atypical symptoms of heart disease with no chest pain at all
  • More men than women experience stroke, but more women than men die of stroke
  • Heart disease symptoms in women are often milder, such as unusual fatigue, severe indigestion with upper abdominal pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea. You may experience fleeting chest pain, which may or may not radiate down the left arm, causing tingling or numbness that comes and goes, or a “funny feeling” in the chest
  • The physically fit are eight times less likely to die from heart attacks or strokes. Working out also lowers your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) by as much as half
  • 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men

Risk Factors to Consider

  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diabetes
  • Blood Cholesterol level
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome: having a cluster of three or more puts you at higher risk. They include, but are not limited to, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (good cholesterol), and high blood pressure
  • Post-menopausal by seven or more years
  • Taking birth control pills—especially if you smoke—places you at higher risk
  • Unhealthy levels of stress
  • Excessive alcohol intake

As part of the Women’s Heart Center, patients may be referred to several adjunct programs including:

  • Dietary Consultations for Weight Management
  • Bariatric Services
  • Sleep Disorder Assessments
  • Personalized plan for Smoking Cessation
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