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Heart Disease in Women services offered in Fort Worth, TX

One out of every five women in the United States is at risk of heart disease. Though a serious health issue for women, many women don’t consider heart disease a significant health threat. At Bentley Heart in Fort Worth, Texas, highly skilled cardiologist Fahmi Farah, MD, specializes in heart disease in women. To find out more about heart disease in women, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Heart Disease in Women Q & A

Why is heart disease in women a concern?

Heart disease is a serious health issue for all people. However, many women consider heart disease more of a problem in men. However, like men, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. 

Dr. Farah specializes in heart disease in women. She understands how many women may not consider heart disease a significant health concern. She also knows that heart disease symptoms may look different in women than in men. 

Women are also at risk of developing heart disease from complications related to pregnancy, such as preeclampsia (high blood pressure) or diabetes. 


What are some of the types of heart disease in women?

Heart disease is a general term that includes several conditions that affect the heart. Types of heart disease that affect women include:

Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD occurs when there’s a narrowing or blockage in the main arteries in the heart. This narrowing occurs from a buildup of plaque, increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.


Arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat in which your heart may beat too slow or too fast. Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia.

Valvular heart disease

Valvular heart disease affects the valves that separate the chambers in the heart, altering the movement of blood. Aortic stenosis is a type of valvular heart disease.

Heart failure

If you have heart failure, your heart is unable to adequately pump blood throughout your body.


What are some symptoms of heart disease in women?

Many women with heart disease have chest pain or shortness of breath, which are common heart disease symptoms that affect men too. However, one of the barriers women face when seeking help for heart health is that they may have varying symptoms.

In addition to chest pain, other heart disease symptoms in women may include:

  • Discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back, or upper belly
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the arm
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Sweating

These symptoms may indicate you’re having a heart attack. If you have any of these symptoms, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


What can I expect during a heart disease in women consultation?

You can expect compassionate and comprehensive care from Dr. Farah when you come in for a heart disease evaluation. She specializes in women’s heart health and asks detailed questions about your symptoms, health history, family history, usual diet, and exercise habits.

She performs a physical exam and may run cardiac testing to assess heart health. Testing might include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Stress testing
  • Cardiac catheterization

Dr. Farah also does pre-op cardiology consultations. 

Heart disease in women is a serious health concern, but with preventative care and proper treatment, you can improve your heart health. 

To schedule women’s heart disease care at Bentley Heart, call the office in Fort Worth, Texas, or book an appointment online today.