Women’s Heart Health

Women-Focused Cardiac Care

The Women’s Heart Health Program delivers individualized, comprehensive care to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease in women. We provide value-based care that improves the health and the lives of the women we serve. Additionally, we are members of WomenHeart, the only national network of support groups for women with heart disease. Our Women’s Heart care team recognizes and appreciates the factors that make women’s hearts differ and the statistics women face. Schedule a consultation today, call us at (585) 442-5320.

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Facts about Heart Disease in Women

Adult women of all ages and in all stages of their lives face the risk of developing heart disease. But there are many things women can do to reduce their risk, like exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, manage stress, and more. Here are a few quick facts about heart disease in women.

  1. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States
  2. It is responsible for one in every five female deaths
  3. About one in sixteen women age 20+ have coronary heart disease
  4. Many non-cardiac health conditions put women at a higher risk of heart disease (e.g., auto immune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and hypertension, peripartum cardiomyopathy, premature menopause, breast cancer therapies such as left sided radiation and some chemotherapy agents used)
  5. With proper preventive screening and treatment, 80% of heart disease is preventable

Heart Attack Symptoms

Chest pain, pressure, or discomfort are the most common heart attack symptoms for both men and women. Women, however, are more likely than men to experience some of these other symptoms: particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

  • Jaw pain
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in one or both arms, neck, shoulder, upper back, or abdomen
  • Shortness of breath (with or without chest discomfort)
  • Sweating (cold sweats or sweating suddenly without exertion)
  • Unusual fatigue
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Preventing Women’s Heart Disease

Preventing heart disease in women takes a partnership between our heart specialists, breast cancer specialists, obstetricians, your primary care provider (PCP), and you. We work together to address common conditions that can threaten heart health, such as family history, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, pregnancy related complications, breast cancer treatments and others. If you suffer from any of these conditions or want to learn more about how to prevent heart disease, contact us today.

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Lipson Cancer Institute

Our heart health specialists partner with oncologists and breast surgeons to provide cardiac screening, monitoring, and treatment related to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Women's Health

We provide specialized care to obstetric patients who have cardiac disease or develop cardiac symptoms during pregnancy. We also work with patients who experience any adverse pregnancy outcomes that affect the heart, such as hypertensive disorders, preeclampsia, and postpartum cardiomyopathy.

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High Performing

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has named Rochester General Hospital as a 2022-2023 High Performing hospital for heart attack treatment. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News' Best Hospitals Procedures & Conditions ratings.

A Whole-Team Approach to Care

We treat the woman as a whole. Our providers collaborate with doctors in other medical and surgical specialties, including preventive cardiology, breast health, OB/GYN, oncology, endocrinology, psychology, lifestyle management, and nutrition. 

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Call (585) 442-5320 to meet with a women’s heart specialist at the Rochester Regional Health Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.
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