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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."
Dr. Odayme Quesada

MD Insider: Dr. Odayme Quesada

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

Our programs include:

  • Women’s Heart Center Clinic

  • Intrapartum and Postpartum Heart Health Program

  • Preventive Women’s Heart Health Program

  • MINOCA/INOCA/CMD Program

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

  • Early menopause

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus

Second opinions

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)

  • Gender-neutral Coronary Microvascular Disease (CMD) program

  • 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

Request a second opinion appointment.

Find out about Christ Hospital's current research on women's heart disease.

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. Monday thru Friday.

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Please note, the Women's Heart Center is only in LIberty Township, Montgomery, Mt. Auburn & Ft. Wright



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