Heart Disease in Women
Although heart disease is often thought of as a health problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year. An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but many are unaware of the threat they face. One challenge is that heart disease symptoms in women can be different from symptoms in men. Fortunately, women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and begin to reduce their risk.
Women can reduce their chances of heart disease by taking these actions:
- Know your blood pressure.
- Don’t smoke.
- Get tested for diabetes.
- Get your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Find healthy ways to cope with stress by talking to your friends, exercising, or writing in a journal.
Nancy's Heart Story
About three years ago, I experienced a burning sensation in my esophagus. I thought it was acid reflux, but over the next day the pain worsened. I contacted my primary care physician, who gave me Prilosec to treat the condition, but it did not help and the burning continued to worsen.
Read Nancy's Heart Story
We Have Joined Forces with the American Heart Association Go Red For Women Initiative to Improve Women’s Heart Health
The facts surrounding women and heart disease are clear. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. However, Go Red For Women has been impacting the health of women since its earliest days. Over the past ten years, more than 627,000 women have been saved from heart disease. Currently, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers, respectively, of American men and women.
What is Go Red For Women?
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women.
What is the hospital's Sponsorship with Go Red For Women?
We have joined forces with the American Heart Association, South Florida, as the organization’s Presenting Sponsor for the Go Red For Women campaign.
Through this initiative, our employees and physicians will participate in all aspects of the Go Red For Women campaign supporting research, education and community programs. This collaboration confirms our commitment to bringing cardiac excellence to the residents of South Florida.
Learn more about heart disease by talking to your local cardiologist or by calling (561) 650-6023.