Diseases of the heart and circulatory system kill over half a million women in the U.S. every year - far more than breast cancer. Yet, heart attacks in women go unnoticed or unreported. This is because some women and their doctors do not always take heart disease symptoms seriously, and also because women's symptoms are sometimes more subtle than men's.

Women do not often view heart disease as a women's problem. They may frequently continue activities when they feel ill, either seeing their symptoms as not serious, or just not realizing that they may represent a heart condition.

Understand Women's Differences in Risk Factors, Warning Signs

Women and their doctors need to understand the significance of heart disease and the gender differences in heart attack warning signs and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Visit the Cardiovascular Services page to learn more about Alaska Regional Hospital's approach to heart and vascular diseases.