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Women’s Heart Health

National leaders in women’s heart health

Why Choose Us

Two Dedicated Programs to Women’s Heart Health

Only half of American women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat, despite being the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In 2019, heart disease killed nearly 400,000 women, or about 1 in every 5 female deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Women are also less likely to call 9-1-1 when experiencing symptoms, largely owing to the uniqueness of women’s symptoms and the media’s attention on heart disease in men. In response, NewYork-Presbyterian created not one but two dedicated women’s heart health programs, which are committed to caring for all of women’s heart health needs.

The Women’s Heart Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Women’s Heart Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center are keenly aware that heart disease is often misunderstood in women. Knowing that there are certain risk-factors, medical conditions, and symptoms that are unique to women—including pregnancy-related conditions, autoimmune conditions, and specific heart attack or stroke symptoms—can make all the difference.

Services & Specialties

At the Forefront of Women’s Heart Health

Ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in New York for cardiology and cardiac surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report, and staffed with more top cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons than any other hospital in the nation, NewYork-Presbyterian has the expertise and experience to care for women’s unique cardiovascular health needs.

We are helping to increase awareness that although there are certain heart disease symptoms that overlap in men and women—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, and smoking—women tend to experience more subtle heart attack or stroke symptoms than men. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as lupus or rheumatologic conditions, as well as pregnancy-related conditions, can predispose women to an increased risk for heart disease. Our multidisciplinary team approach allows us to expertly care for women’s heart health needs across the lifespan.

Leaders in Pregnancy Heart Health

With two leading women’s heart centers devoted to maternal health, NewYork-Presbyterian is poised to care for the unique heart health needs of expectant moms. In 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia opened the Mother’s Center, the nation’s first multidisciplinary center to focus specifically on caring for pregnant women with complex medical and surgical conditions. The Center is considered a nationwide model of maternal care to help reduce the high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity. The Mothers Center Heart Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinical care to women with heart disease who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. In 2019, doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell created the Obstetric Cardiology Program, a multidisciplinary program that combines expertise from maternal fetal medicine, cardiology, and OB anesthesiology to care for women with either congenital or acquired heart disease during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Additionally, the program offers comprehensive preconception consultations.

We are pioneers in the field and have led and implemented standardized approaches in New York State to reduce the incidence of the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths and made pregnancy safer for mothers with cardiac disease. Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons collaborate with maternal-fetal medicine specialists to address cardiac issues that can arise during the pregnancy or the post-partum period including:

  • Severe Hypertension
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Valve disorders

Leaders In Research

Physician-scientists in NewYork-Presbyterian’s Women’s Heart Health Programs lead pivotal studies that are instrumental in changing treatment guidelines. As research leaders, we often adopt novel treatments earlier than other centers—ultimately bringing our patients unprecedented access to safe and effective care. This is evident by doctors at other institutions routinely referring patients to our program to take advantage of treatments not readily available elsewhere.

Recently, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center collaborated with 13 other institutions across the country to collect and analyze data on maternal deaths. As lead authors on the study, “Putting the ‘M’ back in maternal-fetal medicine: A five-year report card on a collaborative effort to address maternal morbidity and mortality in the U.S.,” we identified patterns and trends in maternal morbidity and mortality. The results are crucial to understanding heart disease during pregnancy and post-partum, improving maternal safety, and eliminating preventable maternal deaths.

Our Team

Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Care for Women

NewYork-Presbyterian has more top cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons than any other hospital in the nation. Our women's heart health teams include specialists in cardiology, cardiac surgery, obstetrician-gynecologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists (OB/GYNs who care for complex pregnancies), and specialists in genetics, nutrition, physical therapy and integrative health.

Our Approach to Care

Personalized Heart Care

We believe it’s crucial to diagnose, manage, and treat heart disease early. Our compassionate team provides personalized care every step of the way—partnering closely with you and your family with the end goal of helping you spend less time in the hospital and more time living life.

During a consultative evaluation, which is often completed in a single day, our cardiologists collaborate with you to determine the best course of treatment. Some patients don't need a procedure right away, but may need regular monitoring, medication, and lifestyle changes.

Consultations are available at our hospitals as well as offsite outpatient practices that may be closer to your home in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Westchester. You may even be able to have your evaluation or get a second opinion remotely, through our telehealth platform.

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Our providers are conveniently located in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Westchester


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