Many recent statistics show that cardiovascular disease in no longer just a “man’s disease.” As a result, there are a lot of new programs geared towards the goal of reducing the prevalence of that preventable disease. They involve the idea of uniting women together to fight off the heart disease and live longer, healthy lives.
American Heart Association has a special goredforwomen.org website designated to this nationwide movement which encourages everyone to get involved, learn and take action.
Our own Sherman Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Silbert and Dr. Zamani, are especially interested in the prevention of women’s heart disease. They are targeting our community awareness that cardiovascular disease is #1 killer among women and that symptoms may be quite subtle or even much different from the classic angina. Dr. Zamani states “they can present as chest discomfort or fatigue, dizziness, shoulder pain, back pain or indigestion. These symptoms may lead to misdiagnosing female patients and overseeing some important heart problems.”
According to Dr. Silbert, having women understand they are at risk and encouraging them to schedule an appointment for initial evaluation, is the most important step. Follow up can include teaching about healthy diet, blood pressure and cholesterol control, blood sugar checks as well as exercise programs.
For diagnostic purposes, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association suggest women undergo stress echo test versus having regular stress tests. Women focused cardiology care soon may include also a dietician and an exercise physiologist consults. Once again, the most important thing for women is to understand that sometimes they need to be cared for instead just caring for loved ones. They also should have an option to see a female cardiologist with whom they may find a more comfortable level of communication.
Visit Sherman Health’s Heart and Vascular Center online. We offer the highest quality of care when it comes to your heart and we are the most experienced in the area.