Women's Heart Care

Women of all ages should be aware of heart disease risks. Henry Ford Allegiance Health is here to help you take control of your own heart health by:

  • Increasing your awareness of heart disease
  • Recognizing your own risk factors
  • Seeking appropriate medical care

Risk Factors You Should Know

A single risk factor increases your chances of developing or worsening heart-related problems. The more risk factors you have, the more at risk you are for a heart attack. Some risk factors are:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High-risk age or race
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight
  • Poor nutrition
  • Post menopause
  • Stress

What You Can Do

Prevention is the key to your fight against heart disease. You have the power to avoid limit many risk factors and make choices that can lead to greater health and well being. Take these preventative steps: 

  • Determine your risk factors (see above)
  • Ask your doctor or health care provider the Eight Critical Questions (see below)
  • Make healthy lifestyle changes
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  • Call 911 if you think you are having a heart attack. Drugs and other treatments will be most effective within the first hour.

Start by asking your doctor eight critical questions

  1. What are my risk factors for heart disease, and what can I do to lower my risk?
  2. What are my blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index and are those numbers considered healthy?
  3. What should I know about the effects of menopause on my health?
  4. What is the best way for me to quit smoking?
  5. Are my risk factors for heart disease the same or different for stroke, and what are the symptoms of stroke?
  6. What are the warning signs or symptoms of heart disease or a heart attack?
  7. If I experience symptoms of a heart attack, what should I do?
  8. What is the latest on low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention and treatment?

Severe chest pain is not always present with a heart attack, especially for older adults, people with diabetes and women. They may experience sudden shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, fatigue or weakness. Don’t take a chance. Call 9-1-1.