Women’s Heart Health

Modern Heart and Vascular Institute

Cardiovascular Specialist & Board Certified Cardiologist located in Humble, TX, Katy, TX & Cleveland, TX

dr. rajiv agarwal seeing patient at modern heart and vascular

Heart disease affects millions of men and women in the U.S. every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the leading cause of death among Americans. However, women have unique risks regarding heart disease. Often, symptoms present differently between men and women. If women don’t recognize the signs of a heart attack or other heart condition and delay seeking care, they could experience more serious complications.

It’s critical for women to be able to identify the unique signs of heart disease so they can avoid delayed treatment and severe damage. At Modern Heart and Vascular, we recognize the importance of individualized care. We understand the specific risk factors and symptoms associated with heart disease in women. With our commitment to patient-focused care and the best technology available, we offer prevention and treatment services for an array of heart diseases and conditions. 

Heart Health Risks for Women

Knowing your risk factors allows you to stay vigilant against potential or developing heart conditions. Your risk of heart disease is based on a series of controllable and uncontrollable factors. Some risks, such as high cholesterol and obesity, affect both men and women. However, other factors play a bigger role in determining the potential for heart disease in women.

Heart health risks that particularly affect women include:

  • Diabetes: Women with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing heart disease than diabetic men.
  • Menopause: Lower estrogen levels and other hormone changes during and after menopause increase the risks of disease in small blood vessels.
  • Pregnancy complications: Gestational diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy can contribute to your chances of developing serious heart conditions.
  • Family history: Genetics plays a significant part in your risk of heart disease, particularly if you have a family history of heart attacks or other diseases.
  • Stress: Emotional stress and disorders like depression often affect women’s cardiovascular health more than men’s. 

Staying aware of and managing these risk factors will give you an advantage in preventing and treating heart disease.

Common Heart Conditions in Women

Heart attacks are a leading cause of death among Americans, but they often present differently in men and women. Learning the unique symptoms of heart attacks in women can save lives. While women often experience traditional symptoms such as chest pain or tightness, they’re also more likely than men to have signs unrelated to chest discomfort. These symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness, indigestion and chest or jaw pain.

Other common heart conditions in women include heart failure, arrhythmia, valvular heart disease and varicose veins.

Get Consultation at a Women’s Heart Health Clinic

The heart specialists at Modern Heart and Vascular understand women’s unique cardiovascular needs. Our cardiologists have the knowledge, experience and state-of-the-art technology to detect, diagnose and treat an array of heart diseases. We recognize the particular challenges associated with heart disease in women and use a preventive care approach to reduce your risks and effectively treat heart conditions.

Reach out to Modern Heart and Vascular to learn more about women’s cardiovascular health and request a consultation today.

This article does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you need cardiovascular care, please call us at 832-644-8930.