Though the data often get overlooked, statistics prove that women are just as likely to suffer from heart problems as men. The expert team at Arizona Heart Arrhythmia Associates is dedicated to improving access to cardiac care for women and promoting a better understanding of women's heart health. To benefit from their experience, call one of their seven convenient locations in Phoenix, Avondale, Tempe, Chandler, Sun City, Dewey, or Prescott Valley, Arizona, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Women's heart health is an important issue because many women are unaware that cardiovascular disease isn’t just a problem for men — in fact, it's a common cause of death in women as well.
Heart disease is a risk for women of all ages. Women's heart health focuses on the reasons why you might develop heart disease and the different ways in which women experience symptoms of heart problems.
Leading heart disease risk factors in men, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity, present similar risks in women. However, some potential risk factors seem to be more significant in women, for example:
These examples are all things that increase a man's chances of developing heart disease, but clinical research indicates they pose a higher degree of risk to women.
A woman's likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease can also rise if they have a complicated pregnancy, as well as the low levels of estrogen in her body after menopause.
Heart disease symptoms can differ quite surprisingly between men and women. For instance, most people know that a primary heart attack symptom is severe chest pain. However, this mainly applies to men; women might feel little or no chest pain when having a heart attack.
Symptoms that are likely to be worse when a woman has a heart attack include:
Women might also have more pain in their shoulder, neck, jaw, upper back, or abdomen than men.
There are several possible reasons why symptoms of heart problems are different for women, such as:
Women are at greater risk of having coronary microvascular disease, in which the smaller arteries become obstructed as well as the main ones.
Women are also more likely than men to have symptoms of heart problems when they're sleeping or resting.
Emotional stress seems to be more likely to trigger heart attacks in women.
The myth that heart disease is mainly a problem for men persists, even though both sexes are equally likely to suffer a heart attack. Many women don't consider that their symptoms could be heart-related, so they don't seek medical attention soon enough.
The expert cardiologists at Arizona Heart Arrhythmia Associates understand the problems women face with their heart health and aim to improve outcomes for women with heart disease. You should visit them if you have any symptoms of a heart condition and attend regular cardiac checkups even if you feel fine.
To arrange a consultation, call your nearest Arizona Heart Arrhythmia Associates office today or book an appointment online.