UPMC Women’s Heart Program
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute established the Women’s Heart Program to help slow the escalation of heart disease, which is the number-one killer of women in America.
Heart disease in women has been under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed for years. Women can ignore signs because they are busy caring for others, or they might not realize that what they are feeling is actually a symptom of a heart problem.
The Women’s Heart Program at UPMC offers innovative diagnostics, evaluation, and treatment specifically tailored to a woman’s cardiac needs.
Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
The symptoms of a heart attack can be different for women than they are for men. Women don’t always have classic symptoms, like chest pain, arm pain, and shortness of breath. Symptoms might be less dramatic, and can include:
- Pressure or pain in the chest that comes and goes
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Pain in the jaw, arm, or back
If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
Specialized Cardiac Care for Women
Our program provides women the highly specialized heart disease care they need, including:
- Heart disease risk assessments and management.
- Comprehensive cardiac diagnostic evaluations.
- Cutting-edge nonsurgical and surgical treatment options.
Education and Research in Women's Heart Health
Recognizing the value of educating more women about heart health and heart disease risk factors, UPMC:
- Supports the American Heart Association and important initiatives like Go Red for Women.
- Makes a special effort to provide education to health care professionals and the public, aimed at promoting early detection and prevention.
- Conducts research aimed at more effectively diagnosing and treating women, as well as understanding how heart disease differs in men and women.
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