Women & Heart Disease

Women & Heart Disease


The road to a healthier life begins right
here, from one of America’s most respected names in medicine: Henry Ford Health System.
This is Healthy Living at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Jimmy Rhoades here with
Dr. Michele Voeltz who’s a cardiologist here at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. And
Dr. Voeltz, who’s having heart attacks in America? Well, if you look at the prevalence
of heart disease in America, and that’s the number of people who are walking around this
country today with heart disease, 52 percent are actually women. Really? See now, I find
that surprising; do I have this impression of more men because women are presenting differently,
or what? Well, women tend to present later in life, they tend to present later in their
course, and they also tend to present with atypical symptoms, so only about one-third
of women will show up with that classic chest discomfort that we think of on TV. And that
means that two-thirds of them will have shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, palpitations,
or a feeling of impending doom. And does that mean that women are going to the E.R. later
in the heart attack process? Absolutely, women tend to seek help about fifteen minutes later
in the process compared to male patients. And that makes a difference. So what can women
do? You’ve got to modify the modifiable. So there are certain things you can’t change
like gender, age, or family history, but there are a number of things you can change, including:
blood pressure, cholesterol, use of alcohol or drugs, and of course smoking cessation.
Okay, well you can find out a whole lot more by visiting wxyz.com/henryford. For more on today’s Healthy Living from Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, go to wxyz.com/henryford.

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