Heart health important for women too

Heart health important for women too
BOISE, Idaho - Heart disease is the number one killer of women, but cardiologist Beth Malasky says only 16 percent of women think heart disease is a risk to their own health. She says this causes many not to seek care when they show symptoms of a heart attack.

"Women have a big issue with denial. They don't come in, you know, we have patients that wait at home or they don't recognize the symptoms," says Malasky, program director for St. Alphonsus' heart care program.

Heart attack symptoms can be very different for women. they can include chest pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating.

"Because women are wired differently, they have different symptoms, they have different risk factors. We know that pregnancy associated risk factors are now identified with later onset of heart disease that it's very important to have a program that's available that is female friendly, accessible to women because they're not coming in to seek care," says Malasky.

Raising awareness about heart health among women is one of the reasons Malasky became the medical director for St. Alphonus' new women's heart care program. She encourages women to schedule a consultation to determine their risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and lack of exercise.