Dr. Volgman shares why there has been an increase in heart attacks in young women.
We are seeing an increase in heart attacks probably for many different reasons. One is that there are more obese women; that’s an increased risk factor for heart disease. The obesity in women is causing diabetes, and diabetes is a worse risk factor for women than men when it comes to heart disease.
So we are seeing more and more women with diabetes that are not treated correctly. They are not being protected from a heart standpoint. They are being given drugs for their diabetes, but a lot of doctors are not treating them for their hearts to protect them from having a heart attack or stroke.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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