Heart disease treatment in Portsmouth
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our primary goal is to help you enjoy a long and active life through better heart health. As the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., heart disease is responsible for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.
The experienced cardiovascular specialists at Portsmouth Regional Hospital treat nearly all types of heart disease and other heart and vascular conditions using some of the most advanced treatments and technologies. We focus on your overall health and emphasize patient education.
If you suspect you may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. For more information on heart disease, please call (888) 421-1080.
Advanced technology for better results
You have access to advanced technology through our Heart & Vascular Institute. Our cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) is equipped with a fully digital system that gives our specialists comprehensive imaging tools for a broad range of diagnostic and interventional procedures. Designed to ensure optimal patient safety and comfort, our system enables precision positioning at high speeds, minimizing procedure time and improving the delivery of care.
Many minimally invasive treatments take place in our specially equipped hybrid operating room, which allows us to transition to traditional surgery quickly, if necessary. This innovative environment reduces risks by eliminating delays.
Specialized heart care for women
Women often experience heart disease and its symptoms differently than men. Our heart care team consists of cardiologists, heart and vascular surgeons, cardiac nurses and technicians highly skilled in detecting and treating women's heart health issues.
You benefit from our wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures, which result in fewer complications, less pain and a faster return to regular activities. If heart surgery is required, you can trust your care to the most comprehensive cardiac surgery program on the Seacoast.
Symptoms of heart disease in women
Understanding your risk for heart attack is the first step in maintaining your health. Women develop heart disease an average of 10 years later than men. Because women do not always experience symptoms commonly associated with a heart attack, such as chest pain or tightness, women are less likely to seek appropriate medical attention.
The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the lower chest, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Upper back pressure or feeling as if a rope is tied around you and is squeezing you
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs, such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness or extreme fatigue
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor for a full evaluation. This is especially important if you have risk factors for heart disease—including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia or a family history of heart disease. If further care is recommended, your doctor will refer you to a cardiologist.