Our Services / Women's Health

Women's Health

One out of every four women in the United States dies from heart disease. Though heart disease affects both sexes, the death rate from heart disease in women is increasing. The team of cardiovascular specialists at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center in Dearborn, Detroit, and Trenton, Michigan, provides advanced cardiovascular care for women’s health, specializing in heart and vascular conditions unique to women. To schedule your women’s health appointment with the experts in cardiovascular health, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Women's Health Q & A

What is women’s health?

Women’s health is an area of medicine that focuses on the unique health and wellness needs of women. Though cardiovascular disease is a serious health issue for women, many women think cancer is more of a threat than cardiovascular disease. 

But cardiovascular disease kills more women in the US than all cancers combined. Also, while the cardiovascular death rate in women is increasing, the death rate is decreasing in men.

The ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center team understands the unique health differences between men and women when it comes to the heart and blood vessels and specializes in women’s heart health and related diseases.

What cardiovascular conditions affect women’s health?

There are many cardiovascular conditions that affect women’s health. Some of the most common include:

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD is narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which are the main arteries in the heart. This type of heart disease is the most common type in women and one of the leading causes of a heart attack.

Valvular heart disease

Valvular heart disease is a type of structural heart disease that affects the valves that control the flow of blood through the heart. These valves may not fully open, minimizing the amount of blood flowing through, or fully close, allowing blood to flow backward.

Coronary microvascular disease (MVD)

MVD is a type of heart disease that affects the tiny arteries in the heart. MVD is more common in women than men.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD is narrowing or blockage in the peripheral arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the arms and legs.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are more common in women than men and affect circulation in the swollen veins. 

Postpartum cardiomyopathy

Postpartum cardiomyopathy is a type of heart failure that affects women during their last month of pregnancy or several months after they give birth. It causes the heart to enlarge and weaken. The team at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center specializes in postpartum cardiomyopathy.

When do I need to see a cardiovascular specialist?

You need to see one of the cardiovascular specialists at ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center if you have signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease. These symptoms may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Heart palpitations
  • Extreme weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Dizziness

Your risk of developing cardiovascular disease increases as you get older. However, ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center also provides preventive heart care, offering health screenings and recommendations to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

To schedule an appointment with the experts in women’s health, call ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center, or schedule an appointment online today.