Spotlight on Women’s Heart Health
In the U.S., more women die of heart disease than any other cause, including breast cancer. Women can learn how to protect themselves from this deadly disease by visiting a heart hospital and discussing their risk factors with their physicians. Many risk factors are modifiable, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Physical inactivity and smoking are other controllable risk factors.
Another way women can protect themselves is by being aware of the subtle symptoms that can indicate a heart attack and by calling for transportation to an emergency room if these symptoms are observed. The symptoms of a heart attack often differ in women as compared to men. Women are more likely to suffer from dizziness, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and back pain, although they may also experience chest discomfort.
At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, a heart hospital in Thousand Oaks, we are committed to helping women and men become better informed about their heart health. Call our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727 to speak with a registered nurse and consider attending our free Women’s Heart Health Seminar Series.