Women's Heart Health


Did you know?
  • Heart disease claims more women’s lives than all cancers combined.
  • Cardiovascular death in women is not decreasing at the same rate as in men.
  • More women die in the first year following their heart attacks than do men.
  • 1 in 5 American women today has some form of heart disease.

Women’s Heart Clinic: a heart clinic just for women
Our board-certified cardiologists at Minnesota Heart Clinic are part of University of Minnesota Physicians and are at the forefront of a generation of breakthroughs in women’s heart disease. We offer a leading program in early detection and prevention of heart disease in women. And when you need more extensive care, we will refer you to the latest, most sophisticated treatments available.

A heart care team for women of every age
Our multidisciplinary team understands the unique needs of women, and includes female cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered dietitians, certified exercise specialists and others who deliver the best in heart care to women. Your Women’s Heart Clinic appointment will include:

  • 30 minutes cardiovascular risk assessment with a Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant
  • 30 minutes nutrition assessment with a Registered Dietician
  • 30 minutes physical activity assessment with a Certified Exercise Specialist
  • An electrocardiogram (EKG) or ankle-brachial index (ABI), and lab work
  • A personalized Cardiac Risk Assessment for you to keep.

Getting started at the Women’s Heart Clinic
Our multidisciplinary team will review your complete history, physical exam and blood work with you to develop your personalized cardiac risk assessment. We include the most up-to-date and accurate risk predictor, the Reynold’s score, in identifying your overall risk for developing heart disease in the next 10 years.

Depending on your risk, your provider may refer you to a cardiologist or one of our specialty clinics, who may order further diagnostic tests. Tests may include:

  • echocardiogram
  • CIMT (measurement of thickness of vessel walls in your neck)
  • stress test
  • calcium scoring
  • vascular ultrasound

We assess your risk to determine next steps: education and guidance, lifestyle modifications, medical management, diet and exercise prescription, acupuncture and more may be part of your plan to manage heart disease or prevent it altogether.

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