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Women’s Heart Center at The Christ Hospital

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? One in every four female deaths is attributed to heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As the number one cardiac care healthcare system in Greater Cincinnati, The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Center team is internationally known for clinical research and cutting-edge CVD treatments. Our team is committed to exceptional care and raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. The mission of the Women’s Heart Center is based on four fundamental pillars: Excellent Cardiac Medical Care, Research, Education, and Community Outreach, and takes a comprehensive approach to women’s cardiovascular health.

A focus on women's distinct cardiac needs

Our groundbreaking Women's Heart Center, created and led by Odayme Quesada, MD, MHS, offers one convenient location dedicated to the unique cardiovascular needs of women.

“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,” says Dr. Quesada, who recommends getting a second opinion. “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.”

We are committed to raising awareness about female cardiovascular risks, including pregnancy disorders like preeclampsia and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

The symptoms and progression of conditions like heart attacks and heart failure can also be very different in women than men. They require in-depth knowledge and training for correct diagnosis and treatment. At the new Women's Heart Center, our focus is specialized cardiovascular care for our female patients. We're here for all of your heart and vascular needs, whether it's a worrisome symptom, chronic condition or an issue that requires expert cardiovascular attention.    

Programs

The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center takes a comprehensive approach to women's cardiovascular health.

We serve many unique aspects of female-focused CVD care, including:

  • Women's cardiovascular clinic to care for common heart conditions that require specialized knowledge of the disease process in women

  • Pregnancy and postpartum heart health, including treatment of hypertensive disorders, such as preeclampsia and gestational hypertension

  • Preventive heart health for women at high risk

  • Cardio-oncology to support women facing cancer and cancer treatments that affect heart health

We also offer advanced diagnostic procedures such as coronary reactivity testing and advanced cardiac imaging testing.

Second opinions are also available, especially 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, broken heart syndrome)

  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)

  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, eclampsia

To request a second opinion appointment, see the form on this page.

Research

Dr. Quesada and her team apply the latest clinical and scientific research findings to provide patients with the most effective and cutting-edge treatment options. To learn more about Dr. Quesada's research, view the current research happening at the Women's Heart Center.

Locations

The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center
The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center - Montgomery
11140 Montgomery Road, Suite 1300
Cincinnati, OH 45249 

The Christ Hospital Women's Heart Center (Opening in 2021)
The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center - Ft. Wright
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 an award-winning, board-certified cardiologist with a specialty focus on women's cardiovascular disease. She joins The Christ Hospital  Cincinnati following a fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute in Los Angeles, where she trained with the national leaders in women's cardiovascular disease. She was awarded the prestigious NIH Career Development Award for a five-year term (K23) to further her research on increased cardiovascular risk of pregnant mothers with hypertensive disorder preeclampsia. 

Odayme Quesada, MD

Cardiovascular Disease
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Darlene E. Tierney, CNP

Clinical Service
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Dr. Quesada will be joined by Darlene Tierney, NP who has a specialty focus on heart and vascular patients. Assisting them in specialized situations will be:

MD Insider: Dr. Odayme Quesada


Request a second opinion

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



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