Why focus on women's heart health?
"It won't happen to me." Until it does.
In 1988, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford established the first open-heart surgery program in Northeast Tarrant County. Today, Texas Health HEB provides a wide range of cardiac services including vascular screenings.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford implemented a therapeutic hypothermia protocol in response to the American Heart Association's 2005 recommendation that therapeutic hypothermia be used to treat patients after cardiac arrest.
Many times, women don't realize the connections between risk factors such as hypertension or high cholesterol levels, and how these affect their personal risk of developing heart disease.
Even though heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., many don't recognize the signs of a heart attack. We're familiar with the "usual" symptoms, such as pain down one or both arms, chest pain or pressure. But what about nausea, back and upper body pain, and shortness of breath? Those are also signs of a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.
In 2009, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford dedicated itself to helping women in Northeast Tarrant County not only recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, but know how to prevent one.
Heart disease is the single most preventable cause of death. Lifestyle factors play a key role. Things like smoking, failing to get regular exercise, eating a non-healthy diet, and depression can significantly increase your risk of heart disease.
What Can I Do?
If you are a woman over age 55 and have any of the following risk factors, you may want to consider a vascular screening:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of heart disease or stroke
- Prior history of heart disease
The screening takes about 15 minutes and costs $120. It includes an ultrasound of neck arteries, an ultrasound of abdominal aorta and Doppler measurements of the ankle arteries.
To schedule an appointment for your Vascular Health Screening, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). You can also request an appointment online.
Screening times are limited, so make your appointment today.
- Register for a FREE Healthy Heart Kit from Texas Health Resources
- The Texas Health HEB Fitness Center has scheduled a series of free classes related to heart wellness and prevention. They are listed in our Classes and Events Calendar. Classes meet each Friday at four different times, and advance registration is not required. Note: All classes are listed under the Wellness and Prevention category.