A look at some of the most serious health risks for women

Women have many serious health concerns, including breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our caring physicians and skilled nursing staff are committed to fully addressing your health concerns to help you live life well. Watch this featured video to hear from a registered nurse at our community hospital in San Jose. She explains the top five health risks for women.

Heart disease in women

In the U.S., heart disease kills one in four women , according to MedlinePlus. There are many types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attacks.

Heart disease is often different in women compared to men. The following risk factors tend to raise a woman’s risk of heart disease to a disproportionately higher degree compared to a man:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Mental stress
  • Depression

Additionally, women have several unique risk factors of heart disease that men lack. These include the hormonal changes of menopause and the potential for certain pregnancy complications.

Strokes in women

In the U.S., more women suffer from strokes than men. Strokes also kill more women than men. And since women tend to live longer than men, strokes affect them differently.

Women who suffer a stroke are more likely to:

  • Be living alone at the time
  • Experience a poor recovery and long-term outcome
  • Be forced to move into a long-term care facility afterward

Women may be at a higher risk of stroke due to unique factors such as hormonal changes. They may be more likely than men to experience the lesser known signs of stroke, such as the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Agitation
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations

Cancer in women

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the type most commonly diagnosed in women. A family physician can help women learn how to perform breast self-exams. Being aware of changes to the breasts over time can help detect potentially cancerous abnormalities early on.

Other common types of cancer in women are:

  • Colon cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

There is no foolproof way to definitively avoid cancer, but working with your doctor to make healthy lifestyle changes is a smart step to take.

For superior healthcare at every stage of life, women and their families can count on the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Here, you’ll find specialists in emergency care, breast care , stroke care and heart healthcare—all conveniently located within our San Jose community. Call our nurse referral line at (888) 762-8881.

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