The Heart Truth

The Heart Truth

Helping women, especially women ages 40 to 60, understand their risk of heart disease and take action to protect their heart health.

What is Heart Disease?
There are many forms of heart disease, coronary artery disease, or coronary heart disease, is most common. Heart disease develops over years and progresses when the heart doesn’t get enough nutrient-rich blood.

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of American women
  • Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined
  • Heart disease can permanently damage your heart—and your life
  • If heart disease is not treated, serious complications can develop

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest pain, discomfort, pressure, or squeezing
  • Upper-body pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Unusual or unexplained fatigue (tiredness), particularly in women (which may be present for days)
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Light-headedness or sudden dizziness

Why Focus on Women?

  • Historically, women have been understudied, undiagnosed, and undertreated
  • With awareness campaigns, improvements have been made, but there is still work to be done
  • There is an increasing mortality rate noted in younger women
  • Women from racial and ethnic minorities have a disproportionate cardiovascular morbidity

You Can Lower Heart Disease Risk

  • Begin today—make changes one step at a time
  • Don’t smoke—if you are a smoker, ask your health care provider for help in quitting
  • Be physically active—2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week
  • Add strength training—2 to 3 times a week
    • Follow a healthy eating plan
    • Low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and moderate in total fat
    • Limit salt and sodium
    • Limit alcoholic beverages to no more than one a day
    • Choose a variety of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables daily
    • Choose fish, poultry, and lean cuts of meat
    • Use nonfat or low-fat milk, cheeses, and yogurt
  • Maintain a healthy weight


Go Red for Women! Presentation by Dr. Pillar Stevens-Cohen, Cardiology:


Dr. Pilar Stevens-Cohen, cardiologist and her patient, Heidi Farkas, of Woodmere, discusses her personal experience of having a heart attack that did not present with the customarily thought-of symptoms.

Resources for a Healthy Heart
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Office on Women’s Health, HHS National Women’s Health Information Center
Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
Go Red for Women

Learn More

The Center for Cardiovascular Health

service image

Calendar of Events

Our year-round calendar of health events includes a variety of health topics...

Read More

service image

Support Groups

South Nassau Communities Hospital offers supervised meetings where you can share similar experiences...

Read More

service image

Community Education

Community Health Education offerings, colorectal cancer and prevention, diabetes...

Read More

service image

CPR Training

Do you know what to do if someone you love suffers a heart attack? The life-saving techniques of CPR are...

Read More

service image

Prenatal Care Program

Your baby deserves a healthy start. That's why the staff at South Nassau’s Prenatal Care Program uses an entire...

Read More

service image

Parent-Child Education

The Parent-Child Education program at South Nassau is here to prepare you for the many stages of life...

Read More

service image

SIBSPlace

SIBSPlace® is a unique and innovative program for the siblings and parents of children with cancer and...

Read More

service image

Social Services

At South Nassau Communities Hospital, our Social Work Department is here to help: We provide discharge...

Read More

service image

Behavioral Health

If you or a loved one needs care for mental health, psychiatric or behavioral health issues, the expert staff at...

Read More

service image

MedlinePlus: Health Information

MedlinePlus® directs you to information to help answer health questions...

Read More

service image

Healthy Recipes for Healthy Living

South Nassau Communities Hospital's Executive Chef Stephen Bello says...

Read More

service image

Injury Prevention

Here at South Nassau Communities Hospital, we know that injuries affect everyone. It is likely that you or...

Read More

service image

Truth In Medicine Poll

The South Nassau Truth in Medicine poll tests respondents’ knowledge on key public health topics...

Read More

service image

The Heart Truth

Helping women, especially women ages 40 to 60, understand their risk of heart disease...

Read More