Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, even though it is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease.” Women often experience heart attack symptoms differently than men. Women are more likely to experience chest discomfort (rather than crushing pain), shortness of breath, fatigue, indigestion or nausea, back or neck pain.

Amelia Heart & Vascular Center addresses the unique manifestations of heart disease in women. Our center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, care, and prevention of heart disease that begins with a complete women's cardiac health evaluation based on your family history and lifestyle. We provide exceptional heart care that starts with the understanding that women’s bodies have different needs. We treat the whole woman, using evidence-based approaches to prevent and treat heart disease.

Personalized Care for Women’s Heart Health

Women have unique risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) that men do not share. They also get different CVD types, and heart attack symptoms in women can differ from those in men. The staff of the Amelia Heart & Vascular Center is knowledgeable about these differences and helps patients, and their primary care physicians understand and manage their heart disease risk.

We evaluate and treat irregular heartbeats and chest pain, as well as provide cardiac diagnostic testing. Know the factors that may increase your chances of getting heart disease.

  • Diabetes
  • Diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use

When you choose us to be your healthcare provider, you will gain full access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services, both for heart disease and other conditions that may be discovered in the process of heart risk assessment. No matter your condition, our team of experts collaborate on your behalf to create a comprehensive care plan for your needs.

Women’s Heart Health Services

Amelia Heart & Vascular Center brings forth the physician-patient relationship, which is the building block to better health. Whether it’s diet, medication, or discussing the benefits of estrogen replacement therapy, your health care team can tailor a program to improve your cardiovascular health.

Our specialists not only treat women with heart disease, they continually research new methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Depending on the patient's unique needs, recommendations may include:

  • Blood pressure management through nutrition, exercise, and medication
  • Cholesterol management through nutrition, supplements, and medication
  • Blood sugar (diabetes) management through nutrition, exercise, and medication
  • Personalized exercise prescription
  • Heart-healthy eating plan
  • Smoking cessation advice
  • Weight management programs
  • Stress management techniques

Our cardiovascular team works closely with other specialists across the health system to integrate women's healthcare services effectively. We are dedicated to providing care that is both compassionate and innovative.

Let us be your partner in heart health

Here at Amelia Heart & Vascular Center, we assess your condition and work with you to determine the next steps. Our team of physicians is committed to preventing cardiovascular problems and treating advanced conditions thoroughly and compassionately. We also provide a wide range of guest services and amenities to our patients and visitors. Contact us at 703-866-3131 to make an appointment with our general cardiologists.