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Women's HeartCenter

Facts About A Women’s Heart

Almost 1 in 3 women will die of heart or blood vessel disease. After age 50, women begin to develop and die of heart disease at a rate equal to that of men. 38% of women who have heart attacks die within a year, compared to 25% of men. 63% of women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Some diagnostic tests and procedures, including the exercise stress test, or stress ECG, may be less accurate in women. 46% of women are disabled by heart failure after a heart attack compared with 22% of men.

Symptoms for Women

Feeling breathless, often without chest pain of any kind.

Flu-like symptoms — specifically nausea, clamminess, or cold sweats.

Unexplained fatigue, weakness, or dizziness.

Pain in upper back, shoulders, neck or jaw.

Feelings of anxiety.


Available now: "Women and Heart Disease: A new Epidemic", Dr. Santora, Dr. Shokooh and Dr. Tucker.

If you even suspect these symptoms, call your doctor. If urgent, call 911 or go to an emergency room. If you have any further doubts, don’t take chances.

For a consultation and appointment with Dr. Shokooh, call (714) 564-3300.

Shalizeh Shokooh, M.D.
Director of Women’s Heart Center
Orange County Heart Institute
c/o Director of Women Heart Center
St. Joseph Hospital

President of American Heart Association
Orange County Chapter