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Women's Heart Health

While stroke is the third most common cause of death for American women, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and the leading cause of disability among women in the United States. At Reston Hospital Center, our goal is to help you enjoy a long and active life through better heart health.

Specialized Care for Women

Women often experience heart disease and its symptoms differently than do men. That's why our team of cardiologists, vascular surgeons, critical care specialists, nurses and cardiovascular technicians in the Reston Cardiac Cath Lab–led by Dr. Andrew Keller, one of Northern Virginia's most respected interventional cardiologists–are the best people to provide advanced heart and vascular care for women.

In addition, Reston Hospital is affiliated with Washington Hospital Center's Heart & Vascular Institute, a national leader in cardiovascular care, for cardiac surgery backup and medical transport services. If you need emergency heart surgery, a MedSTAR helicopter is ready to fly you directly to Washington Hospital.

Comprehensive Heart Care

Our highly regarded surgical team provides a wide range of procedures including cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stents and electrophysiology. Reston Hospital's vascular surgeons hold advanced skills in carotid surgery and leg bypass, as well as the treatment of varicose veins. The broad expertise and experience of our surgeons means better outcomes for you.

Learn about the full range of heart and vascular care available at Reston Hospital.

Advanced Technology for Better Results

The Reston Hospital Cardiac Cath Lab is equipped with the Philips Allura Xper FD20, a fully digital system that gives our specialists and referring physicians the comprehensive cardiovascular imaging tools they need for critical diagnostic and interventional procedures. Designed to ensure optimal patient safety and comfort, the system enables precision positioning at high speeds, minimizing procedure time for patients and staff. The Allura enables us to improve outcomes and patient care while offering a broader range of procedures.

Find out more about advanced tools and technology to diagnose and treat heart disease in the Reston Hospital Cath Lab.

Know the Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women

Understanding your risk for a heart attack is the first step in maintaining your health. Learn to recognize the symptoms of heart disease and cardiac arrest so you can react promptly to receive the care you need.

Women develop heart disease an average of 10 years later than men do. Because they do not always experience symptoms commonly associated with a heart attack such as chest pain or tightness, they are less likely to seek appropriate medical attention.

The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness
  • Pain or pressure in the back or high chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms; discomfort may be described as pressure, ache, or tightness and may come and go
  • A burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor for a full evaluation. This is especially important if you have risk factors for heart disease–including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia or a family history of heart disease. If further care is recommended, your doctor will refer you to a cardiology specialist.

Time = Muscle

If you suspect you may be having a heart attack, act promptly to help retain as much healthy heart muscle as possible. Call 911 immediately. Treatment can begin as soon as emergency personnel arrive, giving you the best chance of survival and full recovery.

To learn more about heart disease, including prevention and treatment, visit the Heart Disease Center in our online Health Library.