Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, with approximately a half million women dying each year from it.
In fact, it’s responsible for one in five deaths, and these cases are preventable 80 percent of the time.
Cardiovascular disease can impact women of any age—even in their 20s—and life events such as pregnancy and menopause can put women at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Women are often not aware of the seriousness of heart disease. Research has shown that less than 50 percent of women know about the level of risk.
In addition, women may have different symptoms than men, especially for heart attacks, and may respond differently to treatments or testing.
Mount Sinai cardiologists say they’re seeing more cases of stress and anxiety contributing to heart problems among female patients, including high blood pressure, which poses an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Stress can increase hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which negatively impacts blood pressure and heart rate. Heart disease can also lead to anxiety, stress, and depression, creating a vicious cycle or worsening outcomes and less interest in preventive actions such as a healthy diet and appropriate levels of exercise.
“Go Red for Women” is an event to raise awareness about heart disease and risk factors affecting millions of women and families, aiming to prevent possible heart attack and stroke. Mount Sinai is hosting several Go Red Community Health Fairs. where our experts provide free heart health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride, and body mass index, as well as educational demonstrations and talks on nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.
A 25-year-old, new mom from NYC is sounding the alarm on the dangers of pregnancy and heart disease after a major scare.
She went into severe heart failure shortly after giving birth and doctors say if she waited just a few more days to get help, she wouldn’t have survived.
Our patient assumed she didn’t feel well because of exhaustion and the stress of being a new mom – she didn’t know the symptoms and warning signs of heart disease, and she’s sharing her story, hoping it can save someone’s life.
Pregnancy can put women at higher risk of developing heart disease. The problem is, this is something many new mothers don’t know about.
She and her doctors want to raise awareness on this issue during American Heart Month in February.
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