Women’s Cardiac Center Reducing Risks, Improving Lives
If you’re a woman, you probably haven’t thought much about heart disease, but you should.
- One of every two-and-a-half women dies from cardiovascular disease.
- Nearly 60 percent of women experiencing a heart attack have no prior symptoms.
- If a woman age 45-64 has heart disease, her chances of dying are twice that of a man in this age group.
- Nearly 500,000 women die annually from cardiovascular disease, more than the next seven causes of death combined.
The Women's Cardiac Center at the New England Heart Institute offers a comprehensive program that identifies a woman's risk for heart disease and provides recommendations for reducing these risks. Heart Disease Risk Assessment
Using the American Heart Association's recommended Framingham Risk Assessment, we assess your risk factors for developing heart disease or dying from a heart attack in the next 10 years. Points are assessed based on your age, smoking habits, HDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Point totals help determine if you are at low, intermediate or high risk for developing heart disease.
While some heart disease risk factors such as age and family history cannot be modified, other risk factors can be improved:
Women who smoke have six times the risk for heart attack than women who don't smoke, and they are more likely to die following a first heart attack. Risk Factor Modification Programs
- High cholesterol
- Lack of exercise
- High blood pressure
Catholic Medical Center offers programs to help you reduce your risk factors for cardiovascular disease:
Cholesterol Management Center
The Wellness Center: lifestyle management, smoking cessation and stress reduction programs
Obesity Treatment Center
Diabetes Resource Institute Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol abnormalities and is a predictor of cardiovascular-related mortality. Sign Up For Better Health
You may self-refer or be referred by your physician to the Women’s Cardiac Center for a consultation. There is a nominal fee for the consultation and some insurance plans may cover the cost of the visit. To make an appointment for an initial one-hour consultation at the Women's Cardiac Center, call (603) 663-5299.