Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States.
However, for more than two decades, more women than men have died of heart disease
annually. One of the principal challenges is that the symptoms of heart disease
in women can be very different from symptoms in men.
Because of this, the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville
features a program to specifically address the heart health needs of women. Led
by Dr. Gladys Velarde, the Women's Cardiovascular Program offers
specialized care based on the unique needs of women. Using the most advanced diagnostic
equipment and treatments available, the University of Florida cardiologists in the
Women's Cardiovascular Program work together to improve the quality of life for
their patients. Services are offered on Jacksonville's Southside at
UF Health Cardiology – Emerson.
Video: Women's Cardiovascular Program
Women Get Heart Disease Too
Many people think of heart disease as a man's problem. The reality is that one in
four women dies of heart disease in the U.S. each year. Although there has been
improvement in the overall mortality from heart disease in the U.S., most of the
benefits have been derived from significant improvements in mortality in men. When
affected, women tend to have more complications, more heart failure, depression,
and more rehospitalizations with recurrent symptoms. Despite this reality, less
than 25 percent of heart research applies directly to women.
The most common type of heart disease is known as coronary artery disease (CAD),
a condition in which the arteries become hard and narrow, making it difficult for
the heart to get a sufficient blood supply. CAD is the leading cause of heart attacks,
and while both men and women have heart attacks, more women die from them.
Know The Signs
Women are less likely to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and seek treatment
right away. The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are:
- Burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
- Cold sweats
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms - discomfort may be described as pressure,
ache or tightness, and may come and go
- Pain or pressure in the back or upper chest
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual fatigue
It is important to recognize new symptoms right away and If you think you are having
a heart attack, have someone take you to the hospital or call 911 immediately. Do
not wait to see if your symptoms go away.
The University of Florida cardiologists in the UF Health Women's Cardiovascular
Program – Jacksonville provide women with heart care that is focused on their
highly specialized needs.
In addition, as participants in an academic health system, qualifying patients may
be able to enroll in various clinical trials
designed to answer many of the questions being investigated in this important field.
If you are in need of a personalized approach to heart care, do not hesitate to
call or visit our program.
4555 Emerson Street
Jacksonville, FL 32207
5th Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
655 West 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
15255 Max Leggett Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218