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Heart Care Designed With Women in Mind

Cardiovascular conditions can keep you from achieving your goals, feeling your best and living the life you love. Since nearly 80% of cardiovascular disease in women is preventable, we’re here to support every woman in living a heart-healthy life. 

We’re here to help you find the right physician or a location that’s convenient for you.

Know Your Heart Attack Risk and Take Control of Your Health

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Know Your Heart Disease Risk Factors

Better heart health starts with knowing how your choices affect your overall health. And the first step is understanding your risk for heart disease. 

Risk factors for women include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Menopause
  • Mental stress and depression
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Smoking

While you may not be able to control all your risk factors — like family history of early heart attack or heart disease — you can make healthy changes to improve your heart health, including:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Exercising 30 minutes each day
  • Finding ways to reduce or manage your stress
  • Following your treatment plan, including taking medications as prescribed
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • Regular check-ups with your primary care provider or cardiologist (if needed)

Our team at the AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute can help you assess your risk and get you on a path to a stronger body, mind and spirit.

Understanding Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms vs. Anxiety

We’ve all experienced moments of anxiety and even panic. Your heart starts racing. You start to sweat. You might even feel nauseated. But, how do you know if it’s an anxiety attack or something more serious, like a heart attack? 

The biggest difference is often time. Chest pain and symptoms brought on by a panic attack or anxiety attack tend to improve in about 20 minutes. A heart attack will continue to get worse. During a panic attack, you’re also more likely to experience a racing heart rate, shakiness and even tingling in the hands. 

If you think you’re having a panic attack, try the following steps to improve your symptoms:

  • Deep breathing
  • Grounding techniques
  • Light exercise
  • Talking to friends and family

But it’s important to seek help if you think you may be having a heart attack. Even if it’s a panic attack, a health care professional can help you find ways to manage your anxiety and work through a panic attack if it happens again.

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Guiding You to a Stronger Heart and Better Health

The cardiologists at the AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute understand the health needs of busy women. We have some of the top heart doctors in the Greater Tampa area with convenient hours and locations so you can get the quality care you need.