More American women die from heart disease than from any other cause, according to the American Heart Association. Regular checkups and screenings can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, and you should take the time to learn about your family medical history. If you inform your doctor that heart disease runs in your family, you can work together to assess your overall risk and start prevention earlier.
The widely known symptoms of a heart attack — acute pain, tightness, burning and a dull ache in the chest — are generally experienced by men. Nausea, shoulder pain and exhaustion may be the only signs a woman experiences during a heart attack, making it difficult to recognize. That's why the best way to prevent a heart attack is to get educated about onset and symptoms, and to be proactive about your heart health.
Houston Methodist is known worldwide for its innovations in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. We provide revolutionary personalized care for patients with heart disease, and are proud to provide heart service specially designed for women.
If you are experiencing signs of a heart attack, it is important to act quickly. Do not wait more than five minutes to call 911 or seek medical attention.
Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in managing heart health at the following convenient locations: