St. Helena Women’s Cardiology

We take a different approach to fighting heart disease

One in every three women has some form of cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death among American women. Because there are differences in the way men and women present heart disease, it is important to have specialists fluent in accurately diagnosing and treating female patients. Our specialists are experts in diagnosing and treatment of heart disease and helping you make lifestyle changes to prevent or slow the progression of heart disease.

What makes women different

You've seen it before on TV or in the movies — the older man clutching his chest or arm, seemingly in the throes of a heart attack. It's not an uncommon sight.

What you rarely see in the media is a woman suffering from heart disease. But the truth is, one in two women will die of cardiovascular disease.

Many women underestimate their risk for heart disease and overestimate their risk for cancer. But while cancer is a serious health concern, heart disease is far more common than cancer in women. In fact, nearly twice as many American women die of heart attack or stroke than from all forms of cancer combined — including breast cancer.

Women may underestimate their risk because heart disease is more prevalent later in life in women. On average, the risk of death due to heart disease in women is equal to that of men 10 years younger.

Heart attack symptoms differ in women

Women may experience the classic symptoms of sharp chest pain and shortness of break, but they often present with less obvious indicated such as:

  • Generalize pressure
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Palpitations
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Discomfort in the back, shoulders, arms, stomach, jaw, neck or throat