Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women in the United States, accounting for about one in every four female deaths, and nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease have no previous symptoms. Still, your individual risk can be assessed. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking, along with other medical conditions and lifestyle choices such as obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use. The good news is that 80% of heart disease and stroke may be prevented through lifestyle changes, education, and proper medical care.
In an effort to curb heart disease and stroke in the population we serve, the UAB Medicine Division of Cardiovascular Disease created the Women’s Heart Health Program. We understand that women have unique risk factors and symptoms and may benefit from cardiac care designed to address their particular needs. Directed by an experienced team of UAB cardiac experts, including hypertension specialists and interventional cardiologists, the program has full access to UAB Cardiology’s extensive diagnostic and therapeutic services. We evaluate and manage the health of women with all types of heart disease, while addressing the distinct concerns of women.
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