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Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, remains the #1 health concern for women in the U.S, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Of the one million people who die of cardiovascular diseases each year, 53% are women. And yet, due in part to the many myths about heart disease, and the often silent or misleading symptoms, most women believe breast cancer is their greatest health threat.

At Fremont Health, we’re committed to raising awareness and helping prevent heart disease in women throughout Dodge and surrounding counties. Our comprehensive heart and vascular services include preventive screenings and ongoing education and wellness programs to lower your risk. We also provide advanced women’s imaging services to catch issues early, and a full range of treatment options to help you get and stay heart-healthy.

For more information about women and heart disease, or to make an appointment with a board-certified specialist, call (402) 727-7796 or find a cardiologist online.

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

For women, recognizing the signs of heart attack can be tricky. Vague warnings like jaw or back pain may be dismissed as stress or something less serious. Symptoms in women can also differ from the well-known signs found in men, which means they may be ignored entirely.

The common most symptoms include:

  • Irregular neck, jaw, shoulder, back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, vomiting, cold sweating or flu-like symptoms
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual or extreme fatigue or weakness
  • Sense of dread and other feelings of anxiety

Around 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack, so acting fast when you notice even subtle symptoms is crucial. At Fremont Health, we’re ready to respond at a moment’s notice with our 24/7 Emergency Department and onsite cardiac catheterization lab

If you think you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.

Prevention Starts Here

Did you know? 80% of heart-related events can be prevented when you know and control your risk factors.

While there are a few factors beyond your control, like age, race and family history, there are many ways you can take control. Often, even simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk:

  • Stop smoking
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat a nutritious diet low in saturated fats
  • Monitor and manage blood pressure and diabetes
  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Learn stress management skills
  • Maintain social relationships