“Heart disease is a man’s ailment. Breast cancer is the real threat.”
If you’ve heard this before, you’re not alone. But it’s time to set the record straight. Heart disease kills more women than men, and claims the lives of one in three women. That means that one woman dies from heart disease almost every minute of the day.
EVEN YOU MAY BE AT RISK
Even if you are a marathon-runner you still may be at risk for developing heart disease. Factors like genetics, cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can negate the positive effects of your other healthy habits. And here’s a news flash: You can be thin and have high cholesterol! Your serum cholesterol should be checked beginning at age twenty, or earlier if you have a family history of heart disease.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Sixty-four percent of women who die of coronary heart disease had no previous documented signs or symptoms of the disease. But more often than not, the symptoms were there. They were just overlooked, misunderstood or misinterpreted. Common symptoms of an impending heart attack in women include shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Most importantly, trust your instincts. If you aren’t feeling normal or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call your doctor, or go to the emergency room. A woman’s intuition is powerful. Don’t ever discount it.
If, despite your best efforts, you need advanced cardiac care, FMH Cardiovascular Services is right here–close to home.
The FMH Interventional Cardiology program is a 24/7 provider of emergency and elective angioplasty and coronary artery stent placement. With the most rapid response time in the state of Maryland, our team of Board Certified Interventional Cardiologists can have the coronary artery open, the stent in place and blood flowing freely to the heart once again in less than 60 minutes. Ranked among the top ten percent in the nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures the FMH Interventional Cardiology program has performed thousands of catheterizations and has received the highest level of recognition from one of the most prestigious graders of health care services.
An electrophysiology study is used to determine the cause of an abnormal heart rhythm. Oftentimes an abnormal heart rhythm can be adjusted using a medication or combination of medications, but sometimes it is necessary to implant a device to correct the electrical pathways that are causing the rhythm disturbance. The Board Certified Electrophysiologists have implanted hundreds of pacemakers in the FMH electrophysiology lab.