Report from a large and comprehensive single-center Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic

Shlomit Schuchalter Ludmir, Tamir Bental, Osnat Itzhaki Ben Zadok, Alon Eisen, Tzippy Shochat, Irit Heruti, Ran Kornowski, Avital Porter

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Abstract

Objective: This article describes the women population and work at a unique Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic in order to raise cardiovascular disease awareness with an emphasis on women-specific risk factors, and thus to improve women’s clinical outcomes. This expectantly will aid in opening similar centers allowing more women to get superior care. Methods: Electronic medical records of women referred to the Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic were analyzed. The statistical analysis is descriptive in nature. Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic personnel work as a multidisciplinary team, and patients receive specialized diagnostic tests and treatments. Referrals are by physicians according to traditional and women’s specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Results: 985 women visited the Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic, accumulating 2062 visits. Median age was 57.5 years. The majority of the women were menopausal (575 women, 58%), 62 pregnant with complications and 25 oncology patients. At least, 30% of women had diabetes/hypertension/or dyslipidemia. 72 women had a history of either cerebrovascular event or acute coronary syndrome, and 139 women had evidence of atherosclerosis. Overall, 388 women underwent endothelial function test, 40% of these women had a score indicating endothelial dysfunction. 277 women underwent a psychological intervention. Conclusion: Described here are the experiences from a multidisciplinary Women’s Health Cardiology Clinic using a gender-specific cardiovascular care approach for women geared toward improved health and wellbeing. It is of utmost importance that this report will raise women-specific cardiovascular disease risk factors awareness in order to promote women’s cardiovascular and overall health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWomen's Health
Volume17
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • cardiovascular disease
  • women-specific risk factors
  • women’s health

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