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
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
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)
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
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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Join the Conversation
Stay engaged with your health and join The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center Facebook group! You'll find articles and blogs about heart health for women, patient and team member spotlights, heart healthy recipes, and ongoing conversations to answer your heart health questions.
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