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Women's Heart Health Program

Our 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 lives of the women we serve. Additionally, we are members of WomenHeart, the only national network of support groups for women with heart disease.

The care team in our Women's Heart Health Program recognizes and appreciates the factors that make women's hearts differ, and the statistics women face.

Facts about Heart Disease in Women

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States
  • It is responsible for one in every five female deaths
  • About one in 16 women age 20+ have coronary heart disease
  • Many non-cardiac health conditions put women at higher risk of heart disease

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

The most common heart attack symptom among men and women is chest pain, pressure, or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience some of these other common symptoms: particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

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

A Whole-Team Approach to Care

We treat the woman as a whole. The Rochester Regional Health Women's Heart Health providers collaborate with doctors in other medical and surgical specialties, including preventive cardiology, breast health, OB/GYN, oncology, endocrinology, psychology, lifestyle management, and nutrition.

Preventing Women's Heart Disease

We work with your primary care provider (PCP) to address common conditions that can threaten heart health, such as family history, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, and others. If you don't have a PCP, visit to match with a physician today.

Cancer and Women's Heart Health

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. 

Obstetrics and Women's Heart 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.

Contact Us

Schedule a consultation with a women's heart specialist at the Rochester Regional Health Sands-Constellation Heart Institute. Call (585) 442-5320 today! 

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