Although heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, causing more than 420,000 deaths among women annually. Experts estimate that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. This has led to increased awareness, but more education is needed.
In a study of 515 women who suffered heart attacks, 43% did not experience any type of chest pain or pressure during their heart attack. Women are more likely to have “atypical” symptoms and/or ignore the symptoms compared to male counterparts.
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As a female interventional cardiologist, Dr. Amanda Ryan has a particular interest in the education, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. Treating the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases in her practice allows her the opportunity to participate in the care of patients with a wide range of cardiovascular health issues. This includes a range of patients from those with severe coronary or peripheral arterial disease to those with cardiovascular risk factors. She takes advantage of opportunities to educate current and potential patients as well as the public as a whole with information about cardiovascular disease in women.
Dr. Amanda Ryan, Interventional Cardiologist
Heart Care Centers in Florida