Heart Care for Women
The Heart and Vascular Center works closely with the Women’s Health Center to identify patients at high risk for heart disease and help them lower their risk. For those who do need treatment, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expert physicians who work as a team to offer the most advanced treatments available.
Heart Risk Assessment Program
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s disease. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for women—ahead of all forms of cancer, including breast cancer. A woman’s risk of heart disease increases if she has metabolic syndrome, a cluster of abnormalities in her metabolism. Women with metabolic syndrome have three or more of the following factors:
- Waist circumference greater than 35 inches
- Triglycerides greater than 50
- Physical inactivity
- HDL cholesterol less than 50
- Obesity (BMI greater than 50)
- Blood pressure greater than 129/84
- Faster blood sugar greater than 100
- Family history of heart disease
Reducing Risks for Heart Disease
Our nurse practitioner will help you identify your risk factors in a personalized consultation. You will then work together to develop personalized holistic strategies to optimize your health. Women who have metabolic syndrome are connected with our Heart and Vascular Center’s Risk Reduction Program, which helps women with goal setting, nutritional counseling and physical exercise.
To make an appointment with our nurse practitioner, call 414-777-1900.
WomenHeart Support Group
Although many women think of heart disease as a man's problem, more women than men die of heart disease every year. Fortunately, women can lower their risk for heart disease by taking a few simple steps. WomenHeart is for women who have struggled with or are at risk for heart disease. This support group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Treiber Conference Center. For more information, call Careconnection at 262-251-1001 or 800-246-8332.