Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States. Yet, many women don’t recognize the signs of heart disease, heart attacks, arrhythmias, and other cardiac problems.
Allegheny Health Network’s cardiologists at the Women’s Heart Center work with you to identify and manage your specific heart disease risk factors. We help you make healthy lifestyle changes to protect your heart health, while helping you recognize the warning signs of heart problems that are unique to women.
Your chances of developing heart disease increase starting at age 55. Besides age and a family history of heart problems, other risk factors that are more commonly associated with women include:
Risk factors that affect both genders include:
The Women’s Heart Center offers lifestyle management programs to help you live healthier and lower your heart disease risk. Our offerings include:
Chest pain or discomfort is the most common sign of a heart attack in both women and men. But women may experience other, more subtle symptoms with or without chest pain.
You should call 9-1-1 immediately if you’re experiencing any of the following heart attack signs: