If you’re a woman, you should know that you have unique risk factors
for heart disease. You’re also at a higher risk of suffering a “silent”
heart attack, which occurs without a patient’s knowledge. If you
have concerns about your
heart health, you can find personalized solutions and compassionate care at The Heart
and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center.
Millions of women are affected by heart disease. Like men, women can suffer
from heart attacks and coronary artery disease (CAD). Compared to men,
women are at a higher risk of certain conditions, including coronary microvascular
disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome. MVD is a condition in which the
tiny arteries of the heart sustain damage. Broken heart syndrome is also
called stress cardiomyopathy. It involves severe heart muscle failure,
which is usually temporary, but may become permanent. It’s thought
that it is brought on by sudden episodes of severe stress, such as the
death of a loved one.
Men and women both share some of the same risk factors of heart disease.
risk factors can affect women more significantly than men. For example, a woman’s heart health
can be more substantially affected by diabetes, depression, mental stress
and smoking. Women also have risk factors that men do not. The low levels
of estrogen during menopause, for example, are a risk factor of heart
disease that is unique to women.
Signs and Symptoms
Another troubling aspect of women’s heart health is the greater potential
for a silent heart attack. Men are more likely to experience severe chest
pain or pressure that is characteristic of a heart attack, and they are
thus more likely to seek emergency care right away. Women are more likely
to experience symptoms that aren’t usually associated with a heart
attack, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and pain of the jaw
or upper back. As a result, they may delay medical care and might only
be diagnosed with a heart attack long after it has occurred.
The Heart and Vascular Institute at
JFK Medical Center provides exceptional cardiovascular care for women and men in Atlantis.
Our advanced and innovative services include the Transcatheter Aortic Valve
Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR), Atrial Fibrillation
Ablation, Wacthman, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Left Ventricular Assist
Device (LVAD) and more. For more information or to request a physician
referral, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit us online at www.JFKMC.com.