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Even though heart disease is often thought of as a man's disease, the condition kills the same number of women as it does men each year. While awareness of heart disease has increased throughout the last few years, only 54% of women know that heart disease is the top killer of their demographic.

So, what makes heart disease so deadly? For some, it can be a truly silent condition. Here’s what you need to know about heart disease as a woman, including preventive health and treatment options.

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Heart disease is so deadly because some women don't experience any symptoms until they experience a serious cardiovascular health issue such as a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.​

Women who do experience symptoms are likely to experience:

  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat
  • Pain the back or upper abdomen

Some women experience these symptoms and ignore them because they usually come and go. The symptoms aren’t alarming enough for most women to seek medical assistance from their doctor. Because of this, the condition worsens until it becomes deadly.

If you suffer from symptoms that could be related to heart disease, it never hurts to be too careful. Understanding what’s causing your symptoms and ruling out heart disease gives you the peace of mind that your heart is healthy.

Importance of Getting Screened

Understanding the risk factors of heart disease allows patients to understand the importance of routine medical testing and health screenings. One of the biggest risk factors for heart disease is high LDL cholesterol. Other risk factors include smoking, diabetes, overweight/obesity, and a poor diet.

By undergoing annual or bi-annual testing with your doctor, you can be diagnosed and treated for these risk factors before they impact your heart health.

Preventive Treatment Options

The most effective way to reduce your chances of heart disease is to stay on top of preventative health services. For example, knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels can help to prevent poor heart health.

Preventative health also includes improving your lifestyle. To lower your risk of heart disease, consider:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Lowering stress levels

By embracing preventive treatments, you can greatly minimize the risk of suffering from heart disease.

Trusted Women’s Preventive Health

In search of a preventive clinic that offers heart screening programs and other services to ensure your cardiovascular health? If so, look no further than Baylor Scott & White MedProvider. We specialize in a variety of health services, including preventive health, acute disease management, and chronic disease management.

Contact our office today at (469)701-9075 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to ensuring your health for years to come!