Heart Disease in Women

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States, but women do not often exhibit classic symptoms, which makes diagnosis of the condition challenging. Our physicians at Houston Methodist combine 30 years of excellence in heart imaging and diagnostics with advanced technology to assess your risks and establish a plan to maintain heart health.

Managing Heart Disease in Women
Women with heart disease often develop symptoms and signs long before the onset of a heart attack:

  • Insomnia 
  • Indigestion 
  • Unexplained or unusual fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Anxiety or feelings of nervousness
  • Nausea

Because these signs and symptoms may not be easily recognized as predictors of heart disease in women, the cardiologists and clinical staff at Houston Methodist focus on fighting coronary heart disease through prevention, early detection, and specialized treatment for heart conditions that are typically more common in women.

  • Diastolic heart failure, in which the left ventricle of the heart insufficiently pumps blood out to the blood vessels, is twice as common in women as in men.
  • Mitral valve prolapse, in which the mitral valve in the heart does not close properly between heartbeats, is particularly common in women under the age of 40.
  • Heart palpitations due to an abnormally rapid heat rate are especially common in women during pregnancy and menopause.
  • Pregnancy and childbirth can stress the heart, worsening existing heart conditions or unmasking other disorders.

At Houston Methodist, our experts are helping lead the way to promote awareness of heart disease in women by assessing and defining each woman’s individual risk for developing coronary heart disease.

To learn more, watch the Common Symptoms of Heart Disease Video below.