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Experts in Women’s Heart Disease

Too often, heart disease is thought of as a “man’s disease” even though approximately the same number of women and men die each year of cardiovascular disease in America. At Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, we’re committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives, by focusing on their distinct heart health needs. Our cardiovascular program was designed specifically to meet the challenges of accurately diagnosing and treating heart disease in women. 
Florida Hospital has become a world-renowned destination for women’s heart care. That’s experience you can trust.
*Based on 2013 MedPar data

Why Specialized Care Is The Best Care

Why is specialized heart care important for women? The symptoms of heart disease are different in women and men, and are often misunderstood. Almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have had no previous symptoms. That’s why we offer a cardiac risk assessment that identifies a woman’s risk of developing heart disease within the next 10 years. Our experts then create a customized prevention and treatment plan for women in all stages of heart health.

Excellence in Treatment and Technology

We focus on all aspects of cardiology, from preventive care plans to treating complex conditions. Led by Medical Director, Patricia Guerrero, MD, the Florida Hospital Women’s Cardiovascular Program combines a team of specialized cardiology physicians with the most technologically advanced surgical equipment for the treatment of cardiovascular conditions. Patient care here is a multidisciplinary effort including a team of nurses and staff that is specially trained in the unique concerns of women cardiology patients.
Patricia Guerrero, MD - Medical Director
Florida Hospital Women’s Cardiovascular Program

Know the Facts

  • Heart Disease is the number one cause of death of women in the United States
  • For women over the age of 65, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
  • Only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat, yet 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • In the United States, there are more than eight million women currently living with heart disease.
  • One in three American women will die of heart disease.

Know the Symptoms

  • Women’s heart attack symptoms are atypical
  • 71% of women experience early warning signs of heart attack including the sudden onset of extreme weakness that feels like the flu — often with no chest pain at all.
  • Uncomfortable pressure or pain in the center of the chest that comes and goes, or lasts more than a few minutes.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • A cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Heart Health for Every Age 

Heart disease is 80% preventable by making healthy lifestyle changes, including managing your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight. We dedicate our time and resources to educating our community on the signs and symptoms of heart disease and how to take preventative measures. Contact us for information on free community lectures throughout your area.

Heart Disease Prevention Tips

  • Create heart healthy habits early.
  • Schedule regular wellness exams and screenings.
  • Exercise regularly (at least 150 minutes per week).
  • Maintain a heart healthy diet (at least 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables per day and limit sodium intake). Don’t smoke.
  • Schedule a risk assessment.
  • Check cholesterol levels (every 5 years), blood glucose (every 3 years), blood pressure (every 2 years), BMI (every visit). Women at high risk for heart disease should consult with a cardiologist.
  • Reduce stress to avoid an increase in heart rate and blood pressure -which can lead to gestational diabetes or hypertension.
  • Watch your weight. Metabolism begins to slow and being overweight can strain the heart.
  • Schedule regular screenings.
  • Don’t ignore snoring - it may indicate mild sleep apnea – which can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
  • Risk for heart disease increases after menopause due to lower estrogen levels.
  • Check cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and BMI yearly.
  • Know heart attack symptoms for women – they can be different than in men.
  • Check cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and BMI yearly.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Schedule an ankle-brachial index test (every 1 to 2 years) to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD), a lesser-known cardiovascular disease.
  • Know heart attack symptoms for women - they can be different than in men.