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Women and Heart Disease


Heart disease is the number one killer of American women. If you’re a woman, it can affect you at any age, at any time. It can also affect you differently from men. That's why Bakersfield Memorial makes it a priority to educate women to improve your heart health.

Taking Care To Heart

Most women don't realize that their risk factors for heart disease are different than those of men. While age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history are known risk factors, there are other factors particular to women: 

  • Women who have high job stress have a 40 percent increase in cardiovascular disease and an 88 percent increase in heart attack risk 
  • Conditions involving chronic inflammation such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis nearly double a woman's risk for heart disease 
  • Pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes are linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke later in life 
  • Metabolic syndrome - a combination of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides - has a greater impact on women than on men 
  • Smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men 
  • Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels

Bakersfield Memorial works closely with Mercy Hospitals to help ensure that you’re connected to specially designated doctors dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women.

Special Focus On Latina Women

Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals joined forces with the American Heart Association to bring Go Red Por Tu Corazón to Kern County. The American Heart Association's Go Red Por Tu Corazón celebrates the energy, passion and power of Latina women and focuses on family and cultural traditions to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Comprehensive State-Of-The-Art Heart Services

The Sarvanand Heart and Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital includes:

  • Chest Pain Center
  • The Heart Attack Receiving Center for the most severe heart attacks
  • Bi-plane Interventional Suite 
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab 
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
  • Award winning Certified Stroke Center

Learn More About Women And Heart Disease At Memorial Hospital

Learn more about heart disease classes and events offered through Mercy and Memorial Hospitals in our Classes & Events section.

To find a doctor, please call 661.324.7070 or use our Find a Doctor search tool.