In order to meet the needs of women’s heart health during a time of rapid and constant changes in health care delivery and medical knowledge, we found it critical that we have a strong and dedicated team serving to ensure the hearts of our community’s women are well taken care of.
That is why WHC of Athens was born!
The FACTS about WOMEN and HEART DISEASE are STARTLING!
- Heart disease is the NO. 1 killer of women.
- There are 42 million women in the U.S currently living with or at risk for heart disease.
- Each year 250,000 women succumb to heart attacks. This is fives times as many women as breast cancer.
- Another 159,000 women every year die from heart failure.
- One women leaves her loved ones every 1.3 minutes due to heart disease.
Most women and their physicians are not aware of the fact that Heart Disease is the LEADING killer of women. Many people still think, young or old, women are immune to heart disease.
2) Diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women are hindered.
Heart disease is often a silent killer in women. According to the famous Framingham Heart Study, two out of three women who died suddenly had no symptoms whatsoever. Of those who experience symptoms, most are more likely than men to not have chest pain but symptoms such as breathlessness, belly pain, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, back pain or extreme fatigue.
So, heart disease is not a men’s disease. And, it is NOT cancer that kills the most women in the U.S. It is Heart Disease, despite running behind cancer in the news media and the race for fundraising. Women need to take necessary steps to lower their risk for heart disease. Remember , according to the May 2014 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34% of deaths (that is 92,000 lives annually) from heart disease is preventable, in contrast to only 21% of cancer deaths. Women also need to remember that they are very likely (more likely than men) to not have chest pain but other symptoms during a heart attack and should recognize when to seek help.