Women's Cardiovascular Health Program

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Coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke are the three forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — the No. 1 killer of women in America today. Nearly half a million women will die from CVD this year, more than the five most common forms of cancer combined.

While most people are familiar with the symptoms and risk factors for CVD, few realize that there are important differences in women's symptoms. Studies show that women with suspected CVD are less likely to be referred for diagnostic testing and less likely to undergo invasive testing or aggressive early treatment. This gender bias alone is reason enough for women to take a proactive role in understanding their risk of CVD.

About the Women's Cardiovascular Health Program

Our Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program offers gender-specific, individualized CVD risk factor screening and symptom assessment. An evaluation will help determine your heart and stroke health and the level of prevention or treatment strategy you require. Each woman will also receive a comprehensive disease management plan to review with their primary care physician. If there are symptoms of heart disease, arrhythmia, or stroke warning signs, we'll schedule an evaluation with a specialist immediately.

The program is led by a group of female physicians dedicated to helping women understand, prevent and treat the disease.

To schedule a cardiovascular assessment and personalized risk factor evaluation, please call 858-657-8530.

Research in Women's CVD

The importance of clinical research is vital as so many women with CVD are undiagnosed or initially misdiagnosed. Not too long ago, in 1996, due to a lack of research data on women, the American College of Physicians suggested that women do not need to be screened or treated for high cholesterol as a primary means of CVD prevention. Today, with the developments of active clinical research, it is known that women benefit as much as men from cholesterol-lowering drug regimens.

Advances in diagnosis and treatment would not occur without active clinical research. Our program is uniquely positioned to facilitate and conduct gender-specific research, which translates into new treatments and technologies for women.

Community Outreach

By establishing a program dedicated to women and conducted by women, the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program strives to increase public awareness about women’s CVD in the Southern California region. The more women know, the more protected they will be, which will benefit the entire community.

If you would like to share this information with other women in a group format, consider having one of our program specialists come speak to your work or women’s group about cardiovascular disease. For more information, requests or volunteer opportunities, please call 858-657-8530 or email wcvhp@ucsd.edu.

Women's Heart Health: Advances in Technologies and Therapies

Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud discusses women's heart health, including the symptoms of cardiovascular disease in women, at UC San Diego's Women's Wellness Day in April 2013.