Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas recently launched a heart and vascular wellness program for women with the hopes of helping them spot signs of cardiovascular disease before potentially fatal heart attacks.
The symptoms of female heart disease can be quite different from what typically is seen in men, said Dr. Khanh Hoang, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and co-medical director of the hospitals heart and vascular wellness program.
Women with heart disease may experience symptoms which are more vague, such as indigestion, or sudden fatigue and weakness, Hoang said in a news release. Since these are things many people experience, its difficult to immediately spot the heart attack. And when you factor in a lack of awareness about female heart attacks and heart disease, youre talking about a real problem.
Fewer than 10 percent of primary care physicians questioned in a 2005 study were aware of the seriousness and prevalence of female heart disease, which kills more than 430,000 women annually, according a news release. Since 1984, the number of cardiovascular disease-related deaths among women in the U.S. has exceeded those of men, and more than one-third of female adults have cardiovascular disease.
The screening program will provide patients with simple, painless heart risk and vascular screenings. Vascular screenings include carotid ultrasound, aortic ultrasound, PAD screenings and one-on-one discussions with a medical provider. Heart risk screenings include a detailed heart health history, EKG and ABI (lower-extremity Doppler test), blood pressure check, HbA1C and C-reactive protein blood test, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, and one-on-one discussions with a medical provider.
For more information or to schedule a screening, visit TexasHealth.org or call (877) THR-WELL.