Understanding Women’s Unique Cardiovascular Care Needs
Heart disease is commonly thought of as being a “man’s disease,” but in fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. and more women than men die of heart attacks each year. Becoming informed of the heart health issues that are unique to women can help them work toward prevention and identify when cardiology care is necessary. Women in Thousand Oaks can find the cardiology resources they need to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center .
Some of the common risk factors of heart disease affect both men and women, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. However, other risk factors may lead to a higher risk of heart disease in women than in men. These include diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Women are also more likely to be significantly affected by mental health issues such as depression and chronic stress, both of which can make it difficult for women to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. Women who smoke are at a higher risk of developing heart disease than men who smoke. Additionally, the low levels of estrogen that are characteristic of women in menopause are a risk factor of microvascular disease, which is cardiovascular disease in small blood vessels.
When a heart attack strikes, women may be less likely than men to seek medical help right away. This may be due in part to the symptoms of a heart attack, which can differ between sexes. While women may experience the classic symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain, they are more likely to suffer from subtle, easily overlooked symptoms. These include unusual fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and indigestion.
Here at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our cardiology team is dedicated to promoting greater awareness of women’s unique heart health issues. In addition to providing exceptional cardiology care at our heart hospital, we offer a free Women’s Heart Health Seminar Series designed to support preventive healthcare. Women throughout the Thousand Oaks area can call (877) 888-5746 to speak with a registered nurse at our heart hospital.