Women and Heart Disease
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of women over age 25. Women may experience warning signs weeks, months, and even years before having a heart attack. There may be significant differences in the symptoms displayed by women and men. Women who may have heart disease are more likely to experience trouble sleeping, unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety.
African Americans and Heart Disease
Heart disease causes more deaths in Americans of all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease. However, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, African Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with heart disease and more likely to die from it. Although African American adults are 40% more likely to have high blood pressure, they are 10% less likely than non-Hispanic whites to have their blood pressure under control.
Take charge of your health by working with your doctor to address risk factors and assess your lifestyle.
Remember, even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out by your doctor because time is of the essence. Don't wait more than five minutes to call 911.
Drexel Cardiology provides outstanding heart care and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, while adhering to the highest standards of patient care. Our cardiologists specialize in heart attack, heart disease, peripheral artery disease, irregular heartbeats and advanced heart failure. Drexel Cardiology also offers comprehensive risk assessment to those who wish to prevent cardiac disease before symptoms arise.
For more information, please visit www.DrexelMedicine.org or to make an appointment call 215-561-HEART (4327).