Heart disease is the number No.1 killer of both men and women. However, there are important differences in how heart disease presents in women — and how it is diagnosed and treated.
At the UI Heart and Vascular Center, world-class cardiologists are dedicated to the unique needs of women. With one of the largest groups of female cardiologists in the region, the physicians of the UI Women’s Heart Program are extraordinarily attuned to the physical and emotional needs of their patients – developing individualized, patient-family centered plans to achieve the best cardiac health.
There are many benefits to seeking care and consultation at the UI Women’s Heart Program. Those benefits include:
Access to a Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Heart Wellness, Prevention and Education
Achieving and maintaining a healthy heart requires a multi-disciplinary team approach to identifying and managing cardiac risk factors that follows the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
At the UI Women’s Heart Program patients have access to a multi-disciplinary network of team members who emphasize not only quality clinical care, but also prevention and education. These members include:
- Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses
- Exercise specialists
- Nutritionists and dietitians
- Psychologists: for stress management and smoking cessation
Access to the Latest Options, Diagnosis and Treatment
Women have unique differences that may require special testing and treatments to provide the most effective cardiovascular care.
The UI Women’s Heart Program offers a variety of programs and services for women that include:
- Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment:
Including in-depth history, risk evaluation survey and physical examination.
- Advanced Diagnostic Testing:
Including complex cholesterol/lipid disorder screening testing, echocardiography and nuclear imaging, and screening for diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
- State-of-the-Art Treatment:
- Advanced cholesterol management and preventive cardiology program
- Non-surgical heart and vascular treatments including angioplasty and stent placement
- Cardiac arrhythmia management including medications, ablation, therapy and device implantation
- Advanced heart-failure and pulmonary hypertension programs
- State-of-the-art cardiac and vascular surgical procedures
Women's Health: Heart Stories
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Access to Leading-Edge Clinical Research
As part of an academic medical center, the faculty of the UI Women’s Heart Program participates in many clinical trials and has access to the latest clinical trials information in areas ranging from cholesterol disorders to arrhythmia management to heart failure.
Access to Specialized Programs for Complex Cardiovascular Needs
- UI Cardiovascular Genetics Program
- Cardiac and vascular management of the female diabetic patient
- Cardiac assessment and monitoring of the female patient undergoing chemotherapy
- Cardiac assessment and monitoring of the high-risk pregnancy patient
- Risk stratification and risk factor modification of the post-menopausal patients
- Cardiac assessment and monitoring in obesity management, as well as the female patient undergoing bariatric surgery