Dr. Jeffrey Maludy explains how the warning signs for a heart attack are very different for women

Wendy Cornett

A simple screening for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes early on in life can lead to sooner – possibly lifesaving – intervention, advised Dr. Jeffrey Maludy of Cardiology Wellness of Toledo.

“People should be checked early on, because even in their 20s, 1 in 11 20-year-olds has a blockage that could be stented,” Dr. Maludy said.

His practice in Toledo offers personalized cardiac care with a focus on wellness and prevention as well as diagnostics and therapy.

“Women are always concerned about breast cancer, and unfortunately, 1 in 10 women die of breast cancer. But heart disease is much more prevalent. One in 4 women will die of heart disease,” Dr. Maludy said.

Women’s warning signs of a heart attack differ greatly from those of men and tend to be much more subtle. Signs might include fatigue or a sharp pain or burning that occurs in the stomach, neck, shoulders or back, rather than the chest.

“When unusual symptoms develop, or there’s concern that something may be wrong, the first thing to do is take an aspirin,” Dr. Maludy said. “It helps to thin the blood and keep the arteries open until we can get to the hospital.”

Clearly, prevention is key. In addition to keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, people should eat a diet low in animal fats and strive for 30 minutes of exercise every day.

“It can be something as simple as walking,” Dr. Maludy suggested. “Just some activity to get the blood circulating is good enough.”

Show your support for local businesses! Cardiology Wellness of Toledo is located at 4417 N. Holland Sylvania Road, Suite 301. For more information, call (419) 842-1100 or visit

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