Women's Heart Health Services
Personalized Risk Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation
New patients complete a questionnaire prior to their first appointment to pinpoint individual risk factors for heart disease and other diseases common to women. This risk assessment report becomes the basis for each patient's unique heart disease prevention and treatment plan.
After reviewing the patient's medical history and risk assessment report, and conducting a complete cardiac exam, fingerstick cholesterol panel and blood sugar testing, a cardiology nurse practitioner and cardiologist formulate an individualized plan. Additional testing may be indicated and may include:
- Arrhythmia diagnosis
- Cardiovascular Intervention Center
- Cardio-Oncology Program
- Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) scan
- Coronary angiography
- Coronary calcium scan
- Coronary reactivity test
- CT angiogram
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Electrophysiology testing
- Exercise stress testing
- External counter pulsation treatment
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
- Pacing echocardiography
- Postpartum Heart Health Program
- Rest and stress echocardiogram
- SHAPE—A program dedicated to heart attack prevention
- Speciality blood testing for inherited disorders
- Specialty invasive testing including acetylcholine coronary endothelial function and adenosine cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Stress and dobutamine echocardiology
- Stress radionuclide perfusion or stress test
- Tilt table testing
- Transesophageal echocardiography
- Women's Hormone and Menopause Program
Risk Management by Experts in Women's Health
The traditional risk factors for heart disease are similar between men and women. There are differences in how strongly they affect women, and some risk factors (such as a premature menopause or pregnancy-related conditions) uniquely impact women. The staff of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center is knowledgeable about these differences and helps patients and their primary care physicians understand and manage their heart disease risk.
A healthcare professional guides each patient in making healthy lifestyle changes to help prevent or slow the progression of heart disease. 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
Hormone Risk Assessment
Postmenopausal hormone therapy (sometimes called HT) has known risks and benefits, and is not recommended for the purpose of preventing or treating heart disease. The Women's Hormone and Menopause Program at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art screening, diagnostic and treatment options for women with or at risk for heart disease who also have menopause symptoms.
Access to a Full Range of Specialty Healthcare
Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center patients have full access to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 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. When needed, the center refers patients to other Cedars-Sinai specialty centers and services, including Smidt Heart Institute and the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.
Have Questions or Need Help?
For more information or physician consultations, call us or send a message to the Women's Heart Center team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.