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Heart Disease

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While heart disease is often thought of as a disease that mostly affects men, it also affects millions of women. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over the past decade heart disease has affected around the same number of women as it did men. As the leading cause of death for women in the US, it affects 1 in 4 females and can even strike when there are no previous symptoms.

As experts in all things related to heart disease and women’s health, we are here to advise, support and treat those who are at risk in a sympathetic, understanding and effective way. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you or a loved one.

Take Risk Assessment

Christiana Care Cardiology Consultants now offers expert heart care just for women at seven locations in Delaware and one in Pennsylvania.

Call 302-623-1929 to schedule an appointment.

Risks & Symptoms

Know Your Risk Factors

Some heart disease risk factors are the same for both men and women; however, some are unique to women who can have the following risk factors:

  • High cholesterol – High LDL (low-density lipoproteins) leads to plaque build-up in arteries.
  • High blood pressure – Keep it under 120/80.
  • Obesity and inactivity – Some research indicates that women are less active than men.
  • Diabetes – Women are at greater risk than men if they have diabetes.
  • Mental stress and depression – Studies show that women’s hearts are affected by stress and depression more than men’s.
  • Smoking – This is another risk factor that puts women at greater risk than men for heart disease.
  • Post-menopausal women are at an increased risk. They not only develop coronary blockages in their surface arteries but also in the small vessels that supply the heart.
  • Pregnancy complications, including high blood pressure and diabetes – While temporary during pregnancy, mothers who had these complications may have a higher risk of developing them long term, thus increasing their risk of developing heart disease.

Source: Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association.

Heart Attack: Know the Signs

Women’s heart attack symptoms are often different than men’s. Women are more likely to experience:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It may last more than a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t take chances. Call 911 immediately and get to a hospital.

Programs in the Community

Christiana Care works hard to raise awareness of this significant public health issue. Through community education, lectures and targeted programs that are teaching women to recognize the risk factors for heart disease in themselves and others, we hope to reduce the incidence of heart disease among women in our community.

For women and their families, our heart health programs include:

Blood Pressure Ambassador Program — Specially trained volunteers from underserved communities help their neighbours by doing blood pressure screenings and educating them about heart health.

Dance Your Heart Out — Each March, we hold this fun event to get the whole family moving.

Mended Hearts — This support group helps people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a diagnosis of heart disease.

WomenHeart of New Castle County — Dedicated to community education and patient support for women at-risk of heart disease, this group meets regularly to discuss heart health and share information and resources.

Women’s Health Lecture Series — Free lectures by experts from Christiana Care on heart health and a range of other important and interesting health topics. Check our calendar of events frequently to learn about upcoming lectures and programs.

Locations

    Seminars & Classes

    18
    Dec

    Blood Pressure Screening at Route 9 Library

    The Blood Pressure Ambassadors will be doing screenings at the Route 9 Library which is located at 3022 New Castle Avenue in New Castle, Delaware....

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    20
    Dec

    Stroke Education & Support Group

    Stroke survivors, their caregivers, family, friends and medical professionals are invited to attend our monthly meetings. At some meetings, outside speakers will focus on related health care topics an...

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