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What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Health

Heart health may be more essential than you realize. In the month of February, the American Heart Association increases its efforts to make sure that everyone in the United States, both men and women, understands the facts about heart health and the risks of heart disease.

You can trust the experts at the Vascular Institute of New York, under the leadership of founder Enrico Ascher, MD, to educate and support you in maintaining strong heart and vascular health.

Risks to women’s heart health

Heart disease is the nation’s leading killer of women, and poses significant risks to men, as well. Some known risk factors can increase your chances of struggling with heart disease. If you can track and address risk factors, you may be able to delay or prevent the onset of heart disease.

Women in midlife are at the highest risk of heart disease. Hormonal changes, shifts in body fat composition, and increasing cholesterol can all become causes for cardiovascular concern during this time in women’s lives. Pregnancy can also put your heart to the test, and may trigger early indicators of heart disease.

Women and heart disease

Heart attacks present differently for women, and you should know the signs and symptoms to watch out for. If you think you could be having a heart attack, call 911 or call for emergency medical assistance right away.

In addition to widely recognized signs of a heart attack, like chest pressure, chest pain, and shortness of breath, women can show symptoms like back pain, most often on the left side, as well as shoulder pain, nausea, or a feeling of fullness in the stomach.

The American Heart Association estimates that at least 90% of women in the United States will deal with one or more of the risk factors for heart disease at some point during their lives. That’s why quality vascular medicine care is so important.

Heart health support and care

Cardiovascular diseases can often be prevented, especially with early detection and treatment. With Dr. Ascher’s help, you can maintain good heart health for years to come, fighting off the risk of heart disease. We specialize in diagnosis and minimally invasive surgical treatment techniques.

Dr. Ascher recommends that you get a checkup yearly. During your checkup appointment, Dr. Ascher can assess your risk factors for heart disease, track developing conditions, and recommend any needed treatments going forward. Checking indicators like your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure can help Dr. Ascher catch any cardiovascular problems early.

To want to learn more about your risks for heart disease and understand how to keep your cardiovascular health strong, get in touch with Dr. Ascher at our office in Brooklyn, New York City, New York — schedule your appointment online or over the phone.

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