OverviewMore women die of cardiovascular disease than from all forms of cancer combined. However if aware of the benefits, making the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and lifestyle can prevent 80% of these cardiac events.
Shanghai DeltaHealth Clinic has developed the Women’s Heart Clinic with a focus on the unique physiological and social characteristics of a woman’s body, risk factors and lifestyle. Based on the latest research and clinical practice, we provide screening and education to empower women to understand and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, and if needed, to format a unique diagnostic and treatment plan. The Women’s Heart Clinic strives to provide comprehensive and personalized health care solutions including education about heart disease prevention, physical examination, diagnosis, treatment and cardiac rehabilitation.
Facts About Women with Heart DiseaseHeart disease kills more women than men each year.
Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
23% of women and 18% of men will die within one year of a first heart attack; 22-32% of female and 15-27% of male heart attack survivors will die within five years.
Lloyd-Jones D, Adams R, Brown T,. et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2010 Update: A Report from the American Heart Assocaition Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcomittee. Circulation. 2010; 121:e1-e170.
Women’s Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in your chest usually lasting for more than a few minutes and recurring.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, neck, back, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness or breaking out into a cold sweat with or without chest pain.
- Research by the National Institutes of Health indicates that women can experience heart attacks differently than men. Although the most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain, women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you have any of these symptoms, don’t wait. Call the ambulance or go to your nearest hospital right away.
Who is at Risk for Heart Disease?Women who are at risk for heart disease includes those who:
- currently smoke or who smoked for more than 20 years
- have a family history of cardiac, stroke or circulation problems
- are over 55 years or post-menopausal
- are more than 9 kilograms overweight
- are physically inactive
- have a history or are currently taking medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
- have had gestational diabetes or a baby weighing over 4 kilograms
- have systemic autoimmune diseases (such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
What Can You Do Today?Make the choice to reduce your chance of developing heart disease.
Make an appointment for a Cardiac Diagnostic Evaluation package through the Chest Pain Clinic where an internationally trained physician will work with you to evaluate your lifestyle, current heart health, identify what risk factors you have that may increase your chances of getting heart disease, and design an individualized plan to minimize your risk of future heart disease. Those women who either have a known cardiac condition or subsequently are noted to have concerning findings on their cardiac screening evaluation should then proceed to schedule an appointment with our Women’s Heart Clinic to see one of our specialized cardiologists.
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