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Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women)

Women’s Heart Disease, Women’s Heart Clinic: What it is, Symptoms, Causes, Treatments | National Heart Centre Singapore

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - What it is

Do you know that cardiovascular disease is the no.1 killer among Singaporean women?
1 in 3 women dies of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) in Singapore, claiming more lives than breast cancer. Studies showed that heart disease is deadlier in women, often going undiagnosed or undertreated. Heart disease can affect women at all ages, and particularly after menopause. The good news is heart disease can be prevented or managed if you take care of your heart health.

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Symptoms

Typical symptoms such as severe chest pain, cold sweat and giddiness can be experienced by both men and women. Women, however, are more likely to exhibit atypical symptoms such as
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back, neck or jaw pain
  • Fatigue
Women are more likely to dismiss these symptoms, and less likely to see a doctor when symptoms of heart disease appear. This causes delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - How to prevent?

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Causes and Risk Factors

Risk Factors
Diabetes
Diabetes and prediabetes raise the risk of coronary artery disease more in women than in men. In fact, having diabetes almost doubles a woman’s risk of developing heart disease.

High blood pressure
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) usually occurs without any symptoms. Women who have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg are at increased risk for coronary artery disease. A normal healthy blood pressure is below 120/80 mmHg.

High cholesterol
High cholesterol also occurs without any symptoms, and even skinny women can have high cholesterol. The build-up of excess cholesterol causes narrowing of the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart.

Obesity
People who have excess body fat – especially located around the waist – are more prone to developing heart disease and stroke. Overweight women are 55% more at risk of developing heart disease than men.

Smoking
Smokers have 2 to 3 times the risk of non-smokers for sudden cardiac death. Female smokers are twice as likely as male smokers to have a heart attack.

Psychosocial factors
Depression is twice more prevalent in women with heart attacks. Acute stress is associated with takotsubo cardiomyopathy or ‘broken heart syndrome’, especially in women.

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Diagnosis

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Treatments

Women’s Heart Clinic
The Women’s Heart Clinic aims to empower women to take charge of their heart health through greater awareness of their risk factors and symptoms. The clinic offers end-to-end services, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, customised to the specific needs of women.

Once the patient learns what the correct diagnosis is and prescribed course treatment, she can be a proactive participant in her own recovery to good health.

A holistic approach to treating heart disease involves taking into account not just the care of a woman’s heart, but also her entire physical and psychosocial well-being. A healthy body and healthy mind are more likely to support a healthy heart.

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Preparing for surgery

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Post-surgery care

Women’s Heart Clinic (Heart Disease in Women) - Other Information

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