Women's Heart Care

Because women can have different kinds of heart disease and experience heart disease differently than men — including having some unique risk factors and symptoms — you need heart care designed just for women.

Here, women with heart problems or who are at risk are diagnosed and treated by a team of specialists. These compassionate specialists draw on the latest research and technology, as well as decades of experience helping women with heart disease.

These are among the services available at or through the Women's Heart Care at St. Mary's:

  • A wide range of diagnostic tests to help ensure an accurate diagnosis
  • The latest medications
  • A full range of surgical and minimally invasive techniques
  • Risk assessments — including genetic testing — and education to help prevent heart disease and stroke
  • Advanced lipid testing
  • Second opinions

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms 

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack,

call 9-1-1 immediately.

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can save your life. During a heart attack​, women may experience chest pain similar to men. This pain occurs when not enough oxygen reaches the heart muscle because of narrowed or blocked arteries. But women's other symptoms may be different. These might include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • ​Indigestion
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain or neck pain (like a toothache)
  • Pain in one or both shoulders, arm
  • Dizziness/ Lightheadedness
  • Sudden unusual fatigue
  • Numbness in the left shoulder and arm
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

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