Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health
The No. 1 health threat to women older than 25 is cardiovascular disease. Each year, six times as many women die of cardiovascular disease than breast cancer. This condition affects 10% of women aged 45 to 64, and one in four women older than 65. More women than men die each year from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions, yet women are less likely than men to receive appropriate care.
Research shows that women have different needs when it comes to cardiovascular health. Women’s symptoms for cardiac and vascular disease are different. In general, women develop the first signs of cardiovascular disease after menopause, which is about 10 years later than men who develop heart disease.
Cardiovascular Care Designed Especially for Women
The Program for Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute aims to identify cardiovascular disease in women of all ages and provide care that is designed specifically for women.
Our physicians are dedicated to
- Promoting women’s awareness of cardiovascular health
- Addressing risk factors, including stress, tobacco use, nutrition and exercise
- Conducting clinical research trials to advance the knowledge of cardiovascular care for women