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Judiann, October 31,  2020  9:59pm EST

Women’s heart centers

Has anyone been treated at one of the eomen's heart centers that are opening in hospitals?  There are several in my city, but are about an hour's drive.  Is anyone being treated by a woman cardiologist?  My cardiologist may be retiring at the end of this year so am thinking whether a woman would have a different perspective.  Thanks! 

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  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, November 2,  2020  10:19am EST

    Hi Judiann,

    I am surprised to hear about the women's heart centers.  Great idea!  I don't have any that I know of by me.(in the North East).  My cardiologist is a male.  I'm sure women cardiologist would have a better view as to female cardiology.  Also, it is concerning that most of the drug testing is done on males.  Women are clearly different.  I think that if you can find a female cardiologist you should take advantage of the opportunity.  Good luck.  I will look for a women's cardiology center.


  • Judiann
    Judiann, November 4,  2020  10:25am EST

    Thanks so much.  I'm in Los Angeles so there's one at Cedars Sinai, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, and UCLA womens cardiovascular center.  The Cedars webpage talk sbout the prevalence of microvascular disease in women that usually is not seen except by MRI.  Have you ever had an MRI?

     Here's a link for a list of women's centers by state:  https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/womens-heart-centers

    Nice to feel the support.  After 6 months of bresthlessness after a heart attack, they've finally stopped the "It's anxiety" and disgnosed diastolic heart failure, but no treatment. 

    I' think I am going to try one of the centers or st least a woman cardiologist.

     Thanks again!



  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, November 4,  2020  4:37pm EST

    Thank you for the link.  I can't believe what happened to you.  I hope that you find a good cardiologist.  Hope to hear good updates from you in the future.  

  • Peggy5596
    Peggy5596, November 13,  2020  4:51am EST

    I had a heart attack while they were plavinga stent in as blocked LED one month ago. I am on a bunch of medicines and feel a lot of my feelings of depression are due to these, although I won't stop taking them. I feel so weak and fatigued on them. I still have some chest pain but it seems to be getting a it better. I actually felt very energetic and had more stamana efore this whole episode. Is there anyone there who had a heart attack while aa stent was placed in the cath lab? I sort of resent the fact that this happened, and feel depressed as my life has not changed for the better. How long does it take to start feeling better. I can't go to rehab because of the vivid. Anyone have suggestions as to how to regain my strength? I live in Buffalo NY so counting on a good walk is getting slimmer as the weather is getting colder and winter I'd in it's way. Any suggestions? I feel depressed.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, November 13,  2020  9:52am EST

    Good morning, 

    I am so sorry that you have had to manage all of this. I can share two sets of resources, but ask that you check with your medical team before starting any of them. 

    Move More Video Series 

    Cardiac Rehabilitation Tools and Resources 

    I hope this helps as I know this is a hard time for you. 

    Thanks, Katie

  • Judiann
    Judiann, November 19,  2020  7:08am EST

    Hi Peggy,

    Really sorry you are having so much to deal with.  I think it's especially hard during this Covid pandemic. Has your cardiologist prescribed cardiac rehab?  I had to ask for it, but the cardiologist was happy to sign the order.  You'll be able to exercise while being monitored, and get help dealing with any problems.  I heard there are nurses and also dieticians to help post heart attack.  I haven't gone yet as I have a sinus/ear infection right now.

    Also, I think you should start a new post with your question finding others with a heart attack while having a stent placed.  More people will see your post so I think you'll find more replies.

    Hope you're feeling a little better now.  It's hard dealing with everything by yourself.  Keep asking your cardiologist or try your primary care doctor.

    Wishing you all the best,


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