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Understanding Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease is one of the major causes of death in women. While it is commonly associated with men, women are also at risk of developing heart disease and often the symptoms are very different than those experienced by men.

Causes: There are a variety of risk factors when it comes to women and Heart Disease. These factors include genetics, lifestyle choices, and underlying medical conditions. Some common risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, and obesity. Women with a family history of heart disease may also be at a higher risk of developing it themselves.

Symptoms: It is essential to recognize the symptoms of heart disease in women, as they can be different from those experienced by men. While chest pain or discomfort is a common symptom for both, women may experience atypical symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, sweating, back pain, jaw pain, or flu-like symptoms.

Treatment: When it comes to treatment of heart disease, it is similar for both, men and women. It may involve lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and smoking cessation. Medications such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, and blood pressure medications may also be prescribed. In some cases, medical procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery may be necessary. It is crucial to work closely with your cardiologist to determine the best treatment plan for your individual need.

Prevention: Heart disease prevention in women involves taking proactive steps to maintain one’s heart health. This includes adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and getting regular visits you’re your healthcare provider. Quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels can also help reduce the risk of heart disease

Heart disease is a serious health concern that affects women differently than men. By understanding the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heart disease in women, individuals can take steps to protect their heart health and reduce their risk of developing this condition. If you or someone else is experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and suspect that you may be having a heart attack, call for emergency medical assistance immediately. Early intervention can make all the difference in saving lives.


Jamil C. Mohsin, MD Dr. Mohsin is a board certified cardiologist who specializes in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Mohsin has been in practice as a clinical cardiologist since 1999. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Mohsin received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also completed his medical internship and residency. He then pursued his cardiology fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and an interventional and endovascular cardiology fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine. Having served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Mohsin transitioned to private practice in Houston, establishing the Heart & Vascular Center of North Houston. His philosophy is to provide advanced cardiovascular care utilizing the newest therapies and technologies while maintaining a personal and caring approach with his patients.

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