As a woman, your risk of cardiovascular or heart disease increases with age. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over 40. Over 400,000 U.S. women die of heart disease every year, the equivalent of approximately one death per minute.
Cardiovascular disease in women is often connected to menopause, which occurs naturally in women usually between 45 and 55. The loss of natural estrogen during menopause may contribute to a higher risk of heart disease after menopause. That’s why traditional risk factors for heart disease should be addressed after menopause.
You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease using these important strategies:
Just as with men, women can reduce their cardiovascular risks through lifestyle modifications and, in some cases, with medications to control high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes. Women with risk factors should have an assessment, including:
Let Eastern Shore Heart Center guide you toward a healthy heart. For your concerns about atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, coronary vascular disease or congestive heart failure or to schedule your visit, call us at 251.990.1930. For your convenience, you can fill out our form to book your preferred consultation time. Our female patients come to us from Foley, Fairhope and Daphne in Baldwin County, AL and nearby areas like Prichard in Mobile County.