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Women's Heart Health

Turning the Tide: Women’s Heart Program

heart hospital nurseWomen have unique risk factors for heart disease and are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease than men. Fact is, heart disease is the number one killer of women today.

The Women’s Heart & Vascular Health program at Geisinger  believes the best way to address women’s unique cardiovascular needs is through research and health care with a gender-specific focus.

It is one of only a few hospital-based programs in the nation entirely dedicated to education, research and service in the field of women’s cardiovascular health. And Geisinger is the only one in the region studying the unique genetics of heart disease in women.

Geisinger’s team applies the latest findings, information and advancements to deliver focused care for female cardiovascular patients, including:

  • Interventional techniques for catheterization that decrease risk for female patients.
  • Advanced imaging including cardiac MRI; 3 dimensional transesophogeal echocardiography; and coronary CT scanning in addition to traditional imaging modalities.
  • Participation in the latest gender-specific research and clinical trials, including the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage device for patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • Holistic care including history evaluation, risk modification and psychological support.

The program offers free monthly screenings for women throughout Pennsylvania, as well as educational programs and round-table discussions for physicians so they can help identify heart disease in their female patients at an early stage.

If you’re looking for more information about improving your heart health, call 1.800.275.6401 and ask for the “Women’s Heart and Vascular Clinic” to get in touch with one of our specialists.