Women's Heart Health

Woman with Healthy Heart

Your heart matters to us



Your Heart

Matters to Us.



Did you know heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States?

In fact, each year nearly twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease as from all forms of cancer. Reducing your risk of heart disease and learning the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may save your life.

As quality leaders in emergency cardiac care, Oakwood beats the average national time to get you through the door and open blood flow to your heart again.

Heart Attacks in Women

  • Women have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack than men do. In many cases, that’s because they don’t realize they are having a heart attack and take too long to get help.
  • Know the Symptoms  »

Signs & Symptoms

  • Factors that contribute to heart attack and heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and being overweight.  Know your heart disease risk factors and how to control them.
  • Learn about risk factors  »

Caring for your Heart

  • If you currently have heart disease, diabetes, or have suffered a heart attack, contact an Oakwood doctor to learn how to manage your condition and receive the quality care your heart deserves.
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Heart Healthy Women

How to prevent Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease and heart attacks are preventable with the right steps. Staying on top of your health is one of the most important things you can do to keep your heart healthy. Attending a Hearthealth Screening yearly can provide important information about your blood pressure and blood sugar related to diabetes, two risk factors for heart disease. To learn more about blood sugar, register for one of our Diabetes classes.

Smoking and obesity are two more risk factors that can lead to heart disease. Are you struggling with quitting smoking or losing weight? Oakwood offers many resources to help you keep your heart healthy.

Quitting Smoking Resources  »   Weight-Loss classes   »


How to Prevent a Heart Attack Video Series

Good Heart Health
Preventing a Heart Attack - 1

Dr. Walid Harb talks about the keys to good heart health, and Dr. Peter Mancini discusses how what you don’t know about heart disease can kill you.

Warning Signs of Heart Disease
Preventing a Heart Attack - 2

Dr. Walid Harb discusses risks and warning signs of heart disease and Dr. Syed Jafri shows what non-invasive cardiac testing can do to diagnose heart problems.

improve your heart health
Preventing a Heart Attack - 3

Oakwood personal cardiac coach Krista Bobo outlines small steps you can take to improve your heart health.


Listen to experts discuss heart disease and heart health

Listen to information high Blood pressureDr. Michael Kalata provides information about high blood pressure and why it's so important to manage the condition.


Coordination of Cardiovascular CareDr. Abed Asfour and nurse Amy Anderson outline how Oakwood’s Cardiovascular and Emergency Medicine experts coordinate care to ensure patients receive life-saving angioplasty in significantly less time than the national average.
Symptons of heart diseaseDr. Peter Mancini helps women take steps to lower risk factors and recognize the symptoms of heart disease and heart attack.


Listen to true story - woman with chest painWhen Janet suffered chest pains eleven years ago, she was taken to Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center for treatment – and met the doctor who saved her life: Dr. Stelian Marinescu.


Heart Disease Risk Factors - What you need to know

Cardiovascular disease risk factors include
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Hereditary

The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk!

Take The Women’s Heart Disease Risk Quiz

Are you at risk for heart disease? Answering yes to three or more questions could mean yes. Find an Oakwood doctor and ask for a complete risk assessment.

Either you smoke or you are exposed to second-hand smoke every day.
Your blood pressure is over 120/80 or you have been told that you have high blood pressure. (After age 45, 60% of Caucasian women and 79% of African-American women have high blood pressure.)
You have been told that you have diabetes or take medicine to help control your blood sugar. (After age 45, diabetes affects many more women than men.)
Your HDL (High Density Lipoprotein or good cholesterol”) is less than 40mg/dL or your total cholesterol is over 200mg/dL.
You are 20 pounds or more overweight. (More than 1/3 of American women are more than 20 pounds overweight.) Ask your healthcare professional if your Body Mass Index (BMI) places you at risk.
You do not exercise for 20 – 30 minutes at least three days every week. (70% of American women do not exercise regularly.)
Your father or brother had a heart attack, stroke, angioplasty or bypass surgery before age 55 OR your mother or sister had one before age 65.
You are over 55 years old. (After age 65, the death rate increases sharply for women.)
You have had a hysterectomy and have had your ovaries removed or you have completed menopause.
You take birth control pills. (Taking birth control pills can increase risk of heart attack and stroke, especially after age 35 and especially if you smoke.)
You have high-demand/low-control areas in your life with sustained high levels of stress. Stress is a normal part of life, but too much unrelieved stress can affect your health.


Heart Attacks - Different for Men & Women

Most common heart attack symptoms for men and women:

  • Discomfort, tightness, uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, or comes and goes
  • Crushing chest pain
  • Pressure or pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, upper back, jaw, or arms
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Clammy sweats, heart flutters, or paleness
  • Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness – especially with exertion
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
Heart attack symptoms found to be more common in women:
  • Pain in the arm (especially left arm), back, neck, abdomen or shoulder blades
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Overwhelming and unusual fatigue, sometimes with shortness of breath
  • Light headedness or sweating


Personalized Cardiac Treatment & Quality Care

If you're currently living with heart disease or have had a heart attack in the past, it's important to have the best quality care possible going forward. Oakwood offers several cardiac programs designed to treat and manage your condition.

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed for people who have experienced a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, angioplasty, stent, bypass surgery, chronic angina or chest discomfort, a heart valve procedure or a heart/lung transplant. Learn more »

Cardiothoracic surgery is the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the organs inside the thoracic cavity (chest), such heart disease and lung disease. Learn more »

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic - The Oakwood Center for Heart & Vascular Services offers the region’s most comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic, designed specifically for the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure. Our specialized approach allows patients with heart failure to have better quality of life and less-frequent hospital admissions. Learn more »

Find an Oakwood Cardiac Specialist today for the best care and treatment for heart disease