Women and Heart Disease

Gain a better understanding of women and heart disease, and learn about prevention of heart disease in women.

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It's widely known that breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women. But did you know that heart disease is an even greater threat — six times as great, in fact — to women's lives?

It's true: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women globally. In the U.S., one in three women die of heart disease. It claims the lives of more women than men each year.

In heart disease, blockages form inside arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. This blockage hampers the heart's ability to pump blood. It also can lead to chest discomfort (angina) and heart attack.

Despite these risks of heart disease for women, heart disease goes underdiagnosed and undertreated. Patients and health care providers alike are generally not aware of the prevalence of heart disease in women. Just as many women may underestimate the problem of heart disease, many physicians do not properly recognize heart disease symptoms in women, which can differ significantly from men.

Women and Heart Disease at John C. Lincoln: Raising Awareness

For all of the reasons listed above, John C. Lincoln Hospitals are working hard to raise the visibility of women’s heart disease in our community and region. To spread the word, we have developed a public-awareness campaign that combines women's heart health education on with an intensive outreach effort with medical providers in our area.

A partner in this effort is the Women's Heart Health Initiative, led by Abbott Vascular, a program of Abbott Laboratories.

A key part of the Women's Heart Health Initiative involves collaborating with physicians on reading heart disease symptoms in women. Once aware of gender differences related to heart disease, physicians are more likely to recognize heart disease symptoms early and recommend appropriate, specialized cardiac care.

In fall 2010, John C. Lincoln became one of only 11 hospitals in the U.S. — and two in Arizona — to participate in this program.

» Request a referral to a John C. Lincoln cardiac specialist.