Our multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists, including physicians, nurses and dietitians, work together to secure a prompt diagnosis, identify appropriate treatment options, and facilitate long-term, follow-up care.
Women's Heart Disease
Have a heart to heart with one of our cardiologists
At Main Line Health, our cardiac experts understand the unique heart health needs of women. We take pride in showcasing a team of accomplished female cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeon and advanced practice providers. We work in close collaboration to ensure you get the very best care and attention.
We believe that a woman's perspective is priceless when it comes to matters of the heart.
Heart disease is the single most common cause of death in women and men. In many cases, heart disease is preventable. It can manifest differently in women compared to men, and addressing these gender-specific nuances is critical for effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The Women’s Heart Initiative team provides education, emotional support and encouragement for all women facing heart health journey. We’re committed to keeping you informed of risk factors and connecting you to specialists, all while advancing life-saving research to improve treatment and outcomes for women.
Taking care of our hearts begins with knowledge and awareness, followed by desire and supporting action. Be an advocate for your heart health.
According to the American Heart Association, one in every three women die each year of heart disease — yet only 44% of women are aware of this fact.
Heart attack symptoms unique to women
Many experts emphasize that women, often preoccupied with caring for others and multitasking, may overlook their own well-being and dismiss symptoms of a heart attack. While the most common symptom is chest pain, pressure or discomfort, it's crucial to note that it may not always be severe or the most prominent indication. In some cases, women may experience a heart attack without chest pain, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
- Nausea or vomiting
- Right arm pain
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
This underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing diverse symptoms to ensure timely intervention and prioritize women's heart health.
National Coalition of Women Heart National Hospital Alliance
For almost twenty years, Main Line Health has served as the American Heart Association's Philadelphia Goes Red for Women sponsor. Through Go Red for Women, Main Line Health and the American Heart Association (AHA) are committed to unlocking new strategies — grounded in science — that provide women with the resources and tools they need to live a heart healthy lifestyle at every age.
Women's Heart Disease resources
A woman's guide to protect her heart, is an educational guidebook customized for women by women. It will empower you to take control of your own heart health by being fully informed of the unique risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease—the #1 killer of women in the United States.
Lankenau Heart Institute's Women's Heart Institute offers educational videos to learn about the unique factors that increase your risk for heart disease – the #1 killer of women in the country.
Preventive and diagnostic screening tests
Heart screening tests are crucial for assessing cardiovascular health and identifying potential risks early on. These tests play a key role in preventive health care by enabling the detection of conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol before symptoms become apparent. Early intervention can significantly reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and strokes.
Given that heart disease can present differently in women, tailored screenings consider gender-specific factors. Regular tests can identify conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes, contributing to personalized preventive strategies. Women with additional risk factors, like a family history or hormonal changes, benefit even more from timely screenings. Prioritizing heart health through screenings empowers women to make informed lifestyle choices and proactively manage cardiovascular risks
Our team evaluates your risk factors and uses the latest treatment advances and novel techniques to restore blood flow throughout your body and to minimize your risk for heart attack, stroke and amputation.
Complex aortic disease treatment at Lankenau Heart Institute begins with the experience of an exceptional team of aortic wellness specialists, state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, and a comprehensive array of medical and minimally invasive surgical treatment options.
An arrhythmia (also referred to as dysrhythmia) is an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which can cause the heart to pump less effectively.
The cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at Main Line Health work together to improve the detection and prevention of heart disease with the latest treatment options.
We approach coronary artery disease with preventive strategies along with medication therapy and the least invasive yet most sophisticated surgical techniques available.
Cardiovascular imaging uses the most advanced technology available to capture images of the heart in order to better diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.
At Main Line Health, we treat structural heart and valvular disease that other centers have deemed untreatable. Our team of cardiologists, imaging specialists, interventionists and surgeons is among the most experienced in the region. Learn more about Main Line Health's structural heart and Valvular disease program.