Early Disease Diagnosis is Goal of Women’s Heart Program at Baptist Health Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
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Baptist Health Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but it is often underdiagnosed in women who are increasingly being affected at a younger age. Early heart disease, or contributing risk factors, are more often overlooked in younger women.
“Identifying heart disease and risk factors in younger women is a key reason to establish this program,” explains Dr. Vitello. “Historically, heart disease has been thought of as being a disease process that affects older men, which can have profound negative consequences for women. This can lead to the assumption that women may be less affected or do not need to understand their risk until later years. Heart disease in women has been overlooked and can affect women at any age.”
This program’s goal is to identify risk factors that are unique to women, such as hormonal changes, pregnancy-related complications, and autoimmune conditions, she adds.
“By identifying risk factors, the idea is to be proactive in our approach to preventing cardiovascular illness and be aggressive at implementing lifestyle changes and medical treatments, if necessary, to prevent heart disease,” said Dr. Vitello. “This program can also help to prevent underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of cardiac conditions that are more common in women.”
“A patient may decide that the program is of interest particularly if they have risk factors including: family history of heart disease, cardiac symptoms, concerned about lifestyle behaviors that may have an impact on cardiovascular health, or those with known cardiac conditions.
“The Women’s Heart program is intended to:”
“A specialized cardiologist focused on women’s heart health brings a unique perspective, with an understanding of female specific risk factors to help guide the patient on her heart health journey.”
“Some reasons to reach out to the Women’s Heart Program include:”
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