Womens Heart Health

 

Did you know that your risk of heart disease increases about three-fold with each decade? For women, advancing age is considered a risk factor for heart disease after the age of 55. 

At the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital we know there is a big difference in the way men and women experience the signs of a heart attack. When it comes to the heart, men and women are not at all the same. Here are some ways in which we differ:

Menopause

Before going through menopause, most women still have high levels of the female hormone estrogen in their blood. Estrogen produced by the body is thought to help protect the heart. After menopause, however, the levels of estrogen in a woman’s body drop significantly. On average, women develop heart disease about ten to 15 years later than men.

Fatty plaque build-up in the arteries

As you get older, blockages in the arteries get larger and may cause problems. These blockages can reduce the amount of blood and oxygen that reach the heart, causing chest pain or heart attack.

If you have concerns about the health of your heart, pick up the phone and call (888) 444-2344 to make an appointment to visit one of our specialists. At the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, we take women’s health to heart.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association.