Women's Heart Health

One woman in three has some form of heart disease. In fact, as a woman ages, her likelihood of experiencing heart disease increases. Our Women’s Heart Health Program is dedicated exclusively to helping women decrease their risk. What sets our program apart is our focus on research and education to help prevent, screen and treat heart disease in women. 

Wake Forest Women’s Heart Health Program 

Our care team includes physicians and specialists with expertise in helping women take care of their hearts. We provide a comprehensive range of services including: 

  • Prevention: Our nurse educator helps you understand your risks and how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. 
  • Expert Screening: Comprehensive heart screenings include special focus on women-specific risk factors, such as the effect of previous pregnancies on heart health. 
  • Customized Treatment: We work with you to plan treatments and lifestyle modifications that are best for your condition. 
  • Support: From expert consultation of complex medical conditions to weight loss assistance, we actively support your care. 

Specialized Heart Care for Women in North Carolina 

We regularly work with experts from other medical specialties across the Wake Forest system to provide specialized care for: 

  • Pregnancy-Related Heart Conditions: We consult with a variety of specialists, including our Obstetrics & Gynecology team, to keep your heart healthy through conditions such as pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure). 
  • Menopause: We also partner with our Obstetrics & Gynecology team on a case-by-case basis to make sure treatments for menopause, such as hormone replacement therapy, don’t harm a woman’s heart. 
  • Advanced Heart Conditions: We work with surgeons and interventional cardiologists every step of the way when our patients need treatments for advanced heart conditions such heart valve disease

Women’s Heart Services at Wake Forest 

  • Blood pressure should be less than 120/80mm Hg 
  • Blood sugar should be less than 100mg/dL 
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) should range from 18.5 to 24.9kg/m
  • Cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL 
  • Waist circumference should be less than 35 inches 
  • Coronary Artery Calcium Score should fall within a normal range 

If your test results fall outside a heart-healthy range, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include: 

  • Medication 
  • Treatments 
  • Lifestyle modifications, including: 
    • Reducing stress 
    • Eating a heart-healthy diet 
    • Regular exercise 
    • Quitting tobacco use 
    • Limiting alcohol 

We know that change isn’t easy. We are here to provide extra support. Some women benefit from visits to our Weight Management Center. Others may just need to talk with us about their goals. Your personalized treatment plan may include follow-up visits with our nurse or doctors to help you stay on track. 

If lifestyle changes aren’t working, you may need medication or other forms of treatment. Your doctor will make recommendations and work with you to decide what is best for your condition. Learn more about heart disease treatments

Contact Us 

Request an appointment online. Or, for more information, please call: 

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free) 
  • 336-713-4427 (Susan Butler, Women’s Heart Health Coordinator) 

 

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