Preventing and Treating Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, causing one in every three deaths each year. The Heart & Vascular Center at Rose understands that women’s hearts sometimes require special attention. Our team believes it is vital to educate women about the early symptoms of heart disease, and women's heart disease is unique and requires its own education, outreach and treatment.

Some women feel most comfortable sharing health concerns and receiving health information from a female health care provider. While all of our cardiovascular physicians are well-equipped to care for women’s hearts, Bridget Beck, M.D., is a female board-certified, Cleveland Clinic-trained physician who is passionate about providing excellent, patient-centered care for women’s cardiac health.

Bridget Beck, MD

Bridget Beck, M.D.

Dr. Beck is dedicated to providing excellent, patient-centered care, women's cardiac health and cardiac imaging.

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Women can experience a heart attack without the telltale chest pressure. Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or chest pain as symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart Attack Signs in Women

  • Pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of chest (lasts a few moments, goes away and returns)
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness
  • As with men, a common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort

-Source: http://www.heart.org

Women and Heart Disease Videos

Dr. Beck has prepared the following patient education videos about heart disease as well as how heart disease affects women.