Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. However, women can have different risk factors and symptoms — and often require more specialized care to prevent, diagnose and treat their heart conditions.
The Christ Hospital is Greater Cincinnati's Heart Hospital and one of the Top 50 heart hospitals in the nation. Our team is committed to providing exceptional care for women with cardiovascular disease. We take a comprehensive approach to women's heart and vascular health that includes excellent cardiac medical care, education, community outreach and research.
A focus on women's distinct cardiac needs
We're here for your heart and vascular needs, whether it's a worrisome symptom, chronic condition or an issue that requires immediate attention.
The symptoms and progression of cardiovascular conditions like heart attacks and heart failure can be very different in women than men. They require in-depth knowledge for correct diagnosis and treatment. For instance, women with chest pain and evidence of damage to the heart need specialized testing that looks beyond blocked arteries to the smaller vessels —the coronary microvascular system—to correctly diagnose and treat their heart disease.
"Women often have chest pain and even evidence of damage to the heart—Ischemia with No Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease (INOCA)—but after testing and consults are told they are fine because there is no obstruction. For women, we must look beyond blocked arteries and examine the health of the smaller vessels—the coronary microvascular system—to correctly diagnose and treat women’s heart disease."
Women’s Heart Center programs and services
The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center cares for many aspects of female-focused cardiovascular needs, including:
Heart conditions that require specialized knowledge of the disease process in women
Pregnancy-related heart health, including pregnancy complicated by a heart condition or high blood pressure and risk assessment for cardiovascular disease after delivery.
Prevention for women at high risk of developing heart disease
Cardio-oncology for women with cancer or going through cancer treatments that affect heart health
We also offer advanced diagnostic procedures such as coronary reactivity testing and advanced cardiac imaging testing.
Many conditions increase a woman's risk for developing heart and vascular disease. Our experts recognize this and provide specialized care for heart problems related to:
Pregnancy disorders, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus
Our experts provide second opinions, which can be especially important for cardiovascular diseases that predominantly affect women, including:
Myocardial ischemia with no obstructive coronary artery disease (INOCA)
Myocardial infarction with no obstructive coronary artery disease (MINOCA)
Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD)
Coronary artery vasospasm
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome)
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, eclampsia
The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center
The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center - Montgomery
11140 Montgomery Road, Suite 1300
Cincinnati, OH 45249
The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center - Ft. Wright (Opening in 2021)
1955 Dixie Highway, Suite E1
Ft. Wright, KY 41011
Make an appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Women's Heart Center at 513-585-2140.
The clinic runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
Meet the team
Dr. Odayme Quesada is the medical director for The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center. Dr. Quesada an award-winning, board-certified cardiologist with a specialty focus on women's cardiovascular disease. She joined The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati following a fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute in Los Angeles, where she trained with national leaders in women's cardiovascular disease. She has been awarded the prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) Career Development Award to study why women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.
Darlene Tierney, APRN, FNP-BC and Julie Gallatin, APRN, FNP-BC are board-certified clinical cardiac nurse practitioners with over 20 years of cardiology experience with a special focus on women's heart health and disease. Darlene and Julie provide an integral role in patient management in collaboration with Dr. Odayme Quesada at The Women's Heart Center.
The team also includes these specialists when needed:
MD Insider: Dr. Odayme Quesada