Meeting women’s unique needs for good heart health
Americans often think of heart disease as a man’s disease. That myth may contribute to women not getting the preventive care they need and the lifesaving treatment necessary when a heart attack or stroke occurs.
The Women’s Cardiovascular Health Clinic at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is one of only a handful of clinics in the country devoted to women’s heart health. More than a third of the cardiology experts at Ohio State are women – covering nearly every specialty of heart and vascular care. Our team is led by nationally renowned women’s heart expert Martha Gulati, MD, director of Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Cardiovascular Health.
At Ohio State, we understand that the symptoms and complications of heart disease are different in women than in men, and our extensive experience in treating women’s heart disease means we have unmatched expertise in central Ohio. We address a breadth of conditions and situations that have special significance for women, including:
- Cardiovascular complications during pregnancy that result in cardiovascular disease
- Effects on the heart of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-related hypertension
- Congenital heart disease and pregnancy. We have a specialist who counsels patients on the possible complications of becoming pregnant and who cares for patients with congenital heart disease through gestation and delivery.
- Pulmonary hypertension, which disproportionately affects women. One of our physicians is devoted solely to treating women with pulmonary hypertension, a specialization found at only a handful of medical centers in the United States.
- Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and polycystic ovarian disease, which predominantly affect women and often are accompanied by heart disease
- Functional amenorrhea, which accelerates heart disease
- Diabetes, which raises a woman’s risk of heart disease much more so than a man’s
- Coronary microvascular disease, also known as small vessel disease or cardiac syndrome X, which affects women more frequently and is often under-diagnosed. This is a condition in which the small arteries in the heart have become narrowed.
- Familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that results in early onset heart disease