Women’s Heart Disease

Lindley - women's center

Heart disease is the leading killer of women in the United States, yet it often is under-recognized and under-treated. We recognize the importance of preventing, identifying and treating women with cardiovascular disease.

The approach in the Center for Women’s Heart Disease is comprehensive and multi-disciplinary, addressing the unique needs of women at all stages of their life. The center employs a coordinated multidisciplinary approach including cardiologists specializing in maternal heart disease, maternal-fetal medicine experts, anesthesiologists and pulmonologists.

Our team

Our multidisciplinary team of expert physicians and nurses includes:

Clinical expertise

Multidisciplinary maternal cardiovascular management team

  • Pregnancy risk assessment, planning, and management for women with pre-existing conditions including congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, aortopathy, and arrhythmia
  • Management of cardiovascular complications of pregnancy including peripartum cardiomyopathy, pre-eclampsia, and coronary artery dissection
  • Co-management with primary obstetrician and cardiologist or assumption of patient care, as per patient and referring physician preferences

Multidisciplinary family planning clinic

  • Contraception counseling for women with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions such as cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease
  • Providing safe and effective methods of contraception, individualized to each patient’s unique cardiovascular and pregnancy risk profile
  • Counseling regarding medication teratogenicity, contraceptive safety and effectiveness, and cardiovascular risk of pregnancy

Preventative heart health

  • Cardiovascular risk assessment and risk factor modification to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease in women
  • Recognition of cardiovascular risk factors disproportionately affecting women, including pregnancy complications and autoimmune disease

Women’s heart disease management

  • Comprehensive cardiovascular care for women living with heart disease, including cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and arrhythmias
  • Management of cardiac conditions disproportionately affecting women, such as coronary artery dissection, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, coronary vasospasm, and microvascular heart disease
  • Counseling regarding hormone replacement therapy in women with heart disease

Clinical affiliations

The center is supported by a network of collaborative services, including:

 

Patient information

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Referring Physicians: 314-362-1291
Patients: 314-362-1291 or 888-210-8375