Women’s Heart & Vascular Program
For years, heart disease was commonly thought to affect men more frequently than women. Today, however, the condition is recognized as the nation’s leading cause of death for women - claiming nearly one in every five female deaths in the United States. Even so, less than half of women recognize heart disease as the single greatest threat to their health, according to a survey published by the American Heart Association.
What’s even scarier, because many women overlook the importance of their heart health, they delay getting an early diagnosis and treatment. This means that women experience more advanced stages of heart disease that are often more severe, even deadly. However, with personalized care provided by a collaborative team of heart experts – that are mostly women – we’ll ensure you feel comfortable, supported and your heart stays at its healthiest.
Why Choose The Heart Center of NGMC?
At The Heart Center of NGMC, we recognize how important it is for women to not only understand their heart health, but to receive specialized, whole-person care that completely addresses their needs. Anchored by the dedicated cardiologists at The Heart Center of NGMC, our program brings together expertise from a variety of specialties - including advanced heart failure, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiovascular and vascular surgery - to provide a healing and patient-centered experience.
With a true passion for women’s heart health and ample expertise, we concentrate on education, prevention and personalized treatments. But above all else, we want to empower each woman to value and protect their heart health throughout every stage of life.
We realize that no two women or two heart conditions are the same. Through open communication and compassion, we're able to connect with each patient and ensure understanding. We consider your background, risk factors and overall heart health before determining the right services and treatments for you. This approach goes beyond providing clinical services and treatments to encompass education and support throughout your heart care journey. Should you need more specialized care, we have the expertise of Northeast Georgia Health System's entire Heart & Vascular Program all dedicated to ensuring you stay at your healthiest.
- Dr. Santhi Adigopula
- Dr. Vivian Cheng
- Dr. Laura Divoky
- Dr. Pavani Kolakalapudi
- Dr. Landai Nguyen
- Dr. Nitya Sthalekar
- Dr. Anu Vellanki
- Dr. Stephen Prater
Women’s Heart Conditions We Treat
In addition to disease prevention and treating some of the most common heart conditions, like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and irregular heartbeat, we also care for more complex conditions. Of course, should you need more specialized treatment, we’ll coordinate your care with our comprehensive team of heart experts and surgeons.
Some of the conditions we treat include:
- Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
- Stress-Induced Cariomyopathy
- Heart conditions related to pregnancy, or Cardio-obstetrics, inlcuding hypertensive disorders
- Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)
- Microvascular Angina
- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
- Heart conditions related to cancer treatment, or Cardio-oncology
- Post-menopausal heart conditions
- Post-covid cardiac sydromes
Specialized Services at The Heart Center of NGMC
Women's heart health consultation
- Physical examination
- Includes a complete heart exam, with arm blood pressures and we will also do an ECG to check the electrical activity of your heart.
- Detailed medical history
- Family history and review of lifestyle habits
- Pregnancy/reproductive history
- Choloesterol (Lipid Analysis)
- Blood sugar
- Biomarker screening
- Family history and review of lifestyle habits
- Customized treatment plans
- Advanced multimodality diagnostic testing
- Comprehensive cardiac and medical management
- Referrals to partner specialties to manage conditions that may increase cardiac risk
- Partnership with therapeutic interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and surgical specialties should invasive therapy be needed
What are women’s risk factors for heart disease?
While some risk factors, like gender, age and family history are not controllable, other risk factors can be minimized. Plus, women face several unique risk factors, like pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes and early onset menopause. Learn more here.
What are the symptoms of Heart Disease in Women?
For many women, heart disease symptoms may be misunderstood or overlooked entirely becuase they can be subtle and may vary from the typical signs. From nausea and fatigue to vomiting and back pain, women can experiance surprising symptoms. Learn more here.
When should I see a cardiologist?
There are a variety of reasons you should see a cardiologist. If you have any risk factors for heart disease or have a family history of heart problems, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at one of The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s locations. The Heart Center at NGMC has expert cardiologists and advanced practice providers who are specially trained to recognize the slight differences in symptoms to accurately diagnose and treat heart disease in women. We offer the latest treatments and most advanced technology to help you get back to health quickly.