When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women, one of the biggest challenges is that it’s still perceived as a man’s disease. In 2016, more women died of cardiovascular disease than accidents, diabetes, and cancer combined. Many people believe breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s actually heart disease. Today, 1 in 3 women live with some form of heart disease.
Unfortunately, women’s heart disease is often under-treated, under-recognized and under-diagnosed. At Banner Health, we acknowledge the unique aspects and risk factors associated with women’s heart health and offer services and treatment options tailored to our female patients’ needs.
If you have experienced any of these risk factors and are concerned about your heart health, the heart specialists at Banner Health are here for you. Schedule a visit with us today.
Women may not experience the “classic” symptoms of a heart attack. This can sometimes delay diagnosis and treatment. Women should be aware of their unique symptoms and not be afraid to tell your doctor if they think they are having a heart attack. Symptoms may include:
If you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
At Banner Health’s Women’s Heart Center we focus on prevention strategies, diagnostic tools, and therapies developed with women in mind. We’re dedicated to improving the heart health of women within our communities and the nation.