Helping Women Stay Heart Healthy

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Heart Disease
Helping Women Stay Heart Healthy

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain and discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain, according to the American Heart Association. However, women don’t always recognize the warning signs of a heart attack or heart disease and often delay seeking treatment.

With heart disease being the number-one killer of women as well as men, prompt treatment is lifesaving, and prevention is equally important. That’s why the Women’s Cardiac Health Program at Orange Coast Memorial is dedicated to educating women about heart health, screening women for heart disease, and offering lifestyle guidance that will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Orange Coast Memorial’s comprehensive cardiac screenings include cholesterol and blood sugar testing, an electrocardiogram as well as ankle brachial index testing for only $85. After each screening, a nurse dedicates time to a private, one-on-one session with the patient to discuss results and provides an individualized, comprehensive heart health plan.

Robotic Technology: The Future of Heart Surgery Is Here

If surgical treatment is needed, Orange Coast Memorial patients have access to minimally invasive, breakthrough technology and world-class physicians. World-renowned cardiac surgeon Daniel Bethencourt, M.D., medical director of cardiac surgery at the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Orange Coast Memorial, specializes in performing complex robotic surgeries using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Orange Coast Memorial is one of only a few hospitals in the area to offer these minimally invasive robotic procedures, which result in less pain, minimal scarring and faster recoveries.

To make an appointment or to learn more about the Women’s Cardiac Health Program or other services offered at the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Orange Coast Memorial.

Daniel M. Bethencourt, MD
Featured physician:

Daniel M. Bethencourt, MD

Medical Director Cardiovascular Surgery, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial & Orange Coast Memorial
  • Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery