Heart Health in Women

Heart-to-heart care in the most advanced surroundings.

Heart disease remains, by far, the number one killer of women, and it also causes vast amounts of disability and loss of quality of life among them.  Cardiovascular conditions kill many times more women than breast cancer and other diseases that are often more closely associated with women's health.  And yet, many women are not aware of the risks that heart disease poses, may even still regard it as a man's disease (though more women die of heart attacks each year than men), and may not be well informed generally about heart function, heart health, and cardiac care.

Women and heart disease is an important topic.  For example, compared with men, women are:

  • more likely to die within the first year after a heart attack;
  • more likely to experience another heart attack or be disabled with heart failure within six years of a first
    heart attack;
  • and less likely to receive the proper and needed drug therapy –– as well interventional or
    surgical care –– for a heart condition.

Many women don't know their level of risk for heart disease.

The staff at the Jefferson Torresdale Hospital's Heart Center can help identify risk factors that a woman might have for heart disease and make appropriate referrals for a full screening for heart conditions, for recommendations on steps to take to safeguard heart health, and for treatment for existing conditions.  The Heart Center gives its patients access to the complete range of cardiovascular testing, drug treatment, minimally invasive interventional care, surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation.  

The Heart Center staff can help identify and treat conditions as stable and unstable angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart murmur, and heart failure.  Our cardiac specialists can provide you with any diagnostics or cardiology consultations you may need and can help you in making decisions about lifestyle interventions and cardiovascular treatments.

There are many ways to work toward improving you heart health, even if you already suffer from a heart condition.  Jefferson Torresdale Hospital's Heart Center staff can provide patients with precise assessment and can assist in long-term management of heart health, preventive steps, or interventions or care regimen, as part of overall care.