929 S.W. Mulvane
Topeka, Kan. 66606
Women's Heart Clinic
Each Year More Women Die From Heart Disease Than From Cancer
Most women think cancer is their leading cause of death. Actually, it’s heart disease. In fact, each year, nearly twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease than from all forms of cancer.
Women and Heart Disease
Why focus on heart disease and heart attacks in women? The answer lies within the facts:
- Fifty-one percent of women consider cancer their greatest health threat, compared to 26 percent for heart disease. In reality, 43 percent of women die from cardiovascular disease and only 4 percent from breast cancer.
- Although most women can identify some warning signs of heart attack (chest pain and tightness in the chest) most do not know the warning signs that may be more common for women such as nausea, fatigue and dizziness.
- Eighty-one percent of women, ages 40 to 70, are at risk for heart disease, yet only 25 percent have been diagnosed or see themselves at risk.
- Physicians and their female patients are not talking with one other about heart disease. And while 75 percent prefer obtaining heart disease information from their physician, 77 percent of women who obtained such information did not receive it from their physician.
It's time for a change of heart
The Women's Heart Clinic at the Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center offers a personal risk assessment designed to evaluate your risk for developing heart disease.
Your personal risk assessment includes:
- Lipid profile: cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose.
- History and brief physical exam: weight and height measurements to determine body mass index, blood pressure, heart and lung sounds, waist measurements.
- Completion of Framingham 10-year risk of heart attack.
- Identification of personal risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
- Establishment of individual goals for heart health.
- Educational information to help you meet your goals for heart health.
- Follow-up care with your primary care physician or the Heart Center, if needed.
Lab work needs to be drawn at least one day before your risk assessment. Do not eat or drink for eight to 10 hours before lab work, except for water and/or black coffee. Please bring a list of all medications you are taking and allow 90 minutes for your assessment.
The cost for your risk assessment is $55.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment for your personalized risk assessment, call (785) 270-4HER.