Heart disease is the leading health concern for women in the U.S, causing 1 in 4 deaths. And yet, due in part to the many myths about heart disease, and the often silent or misleading symptoms, only 1 in 5 women believe it’s her greatest health risk.
At Presence Health, we’re committed to providing all the education you need to take charge of your heart health. Start now with our free online heart-health assessment. In just a few minutes, you’ll learn your personal risk factors for heart attack and stroke, with a report you can share with your doctor. You’ll also be entered to win a Fitbit Blaze™ smart fitness watch to help you stay heart healthy on the go.
Heart attack symptoms for women can differ from the well-known signs for men. According to the American Heart Association, the most common symptoms in women are chest pain, pressure or discomfort — much like with men. But, these aren’t always the most severe or prominent symptoms.
In fact, women are more likely than men to have heart attack signs unrelated to chest pain, such as:
• Irregular neck, jaw, shoulder, back or abdominal discomfort
• Shortness of breath
• Right arm pain
• Nausea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms
• Lightheadedness or dizziness
• Unusual fatigue
• Sense of dread
Around 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack, so it’s crucial to act fast when you notice even subtle symptoms. You can count on the award-winning heart attack care programs at Presence Health hospitals throughout Chicagoland, featuring advanced technologies and a dedicated team ready to treat you at a moment’s notice.
If you think you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.
To help you stay proactive, Presence Health offers preventive heart screenings and other ongoing community events and educational seminars.
Should you need expert care, our hospitals provide a full range of heart and vascular diagnostic and treatment options, from nonsurgical therapies to some of the most minimally invasive procedures available. That includes Ovation® Abdominal Stent Graft for women, which often offers less pain, fewer complications and faster recovery compared to traditional open heart surgery.
Living with heart disease? Join one of our monthly support groups, including WomenHeart in Joliet, Heart Sisters in Aurora and more. You’ll find the guidance you need to live well with your condition, and bond with other women in a caring and relaxed environment.
For more information about women and heart disease, and to make an appointment, call 312.626.9549 or fill out our quick form. Or, learn about heart and vascular care at a location close to home: