Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Certain risk factors put women at unique risk for heart disease, even at younger ages. Fortunately, women’s long-term cardiovascular health can be greatly improved when certain conditions and risks are identified and treated early.
The cardiologists at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Women’s Heart Program are experts in caring for women’s unique cardiovascular health needs. Our mission is to identify women at increased risk for heart disease, prevent disease development and progression, as well as improve overall health and social wellbeing.
How We Treat Women at Risk for Heart Disease
All cardiologists at our Center are experts in evaluating the symptoms and risks associated with heart disease in women. All patients at our Center receive an in-depth cardiovascular evaluation completed by one of our women’s cardiology experts. This evaluation may include:
- Detailed medical history
- Family history and review of lifestyle habits
- Pregnancy/reproductive history
- Lipid analysis
- Biomarker screening
- Advanced cardiac imaging
Personalized treatment plan: This evaluation, along with a thorough physical exam, enables our cardiologists to determine your risk factors and develop an individualized plan to reduce the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery, or angioplasty.
Multi-disciplinary care: Our Center develops a comprehensive plan to treat and manage any current conditions, as well as prevent future problems. Your health plan may include:
- Diet and exercise suggestions
- Medication changes
- Stress reduction suggestions
We work closely with other specialists, including rheumatologists, obstetricians, oncologists, and others to develop optimal an optimal treatment plan for you.
Cardiac Risks for Women
Certain risk factors can play a larger role in the development of heart disease in women—and symptoms may be very different for women than men.
Women with any of the following characteristics may be at increased risk for heart disease or rapid progression of heart disease. If you are a young woman concerned about your risk for developing heart disease, or you have had a heart attack at a young age, you will benefit from an evaluation at our Women’s Heart Program. Additionally, if you have any of the following medical conditions, you may be at increased risk for heart disease and you would benefit from evaluation at our Center:
- Inflammatory disorders or rheumatologic disease (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease)
- History of complicated pregnancy (gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, or low birthweight baby)
- Breast arterial calcification on routine screening mammograms
- History of premature menopause from natural or medical causes (for example, oophorectomy at a young age for the treatment of certain cancers), especially below the age of 40 years
- Family history of heart attack, stroke, or sudden death, especially at a young age (less than 55 years old in a male relative or less than 65 years old in a female relative)
- Personal history of heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease at a young age (less than 65 years)
- Diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Current or prior history of smoking
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hyperlipidemia/dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol)
- Overweight status
- Certain chemotherapies and radiation therapies for cancer treatment (including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or lymphoma treatment)
- Ongoing hormone replacement therapy with cardiac risk factors
- Consultative evaluation
- Advanced multimodality diagnostic testing
- Comprehensive cardiac and medical management
- Referrals to partner specialties to manage conditions that may increase cardiac risk
- Partnership with therapeutic interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and surgical specialties should invasive therapy be required
Request an Appointment
We encourage you to consider a preventive women’s cardiovascular evaluation if you have any of the above characteristics or are concerned about your overall cardiovascular health.
To schedule an appointment, please call 646-962-PULS (7857).
Nivee P. Amin, M.D., M.H.S.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director Consultative Cardiology, Director Women's Heart Program||646-962-5558||Full Profile|
Rebecca Ascunce, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine||646-962-5558||Full Profile|
Alicia Mecklai, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director 4 North Telemetry Service, Co-Director Women's Heart Program||646-962-5558||Full Profile|
Tracy Paul, M.D.
|Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine||646-962-5558||Full Profile|