Women's Heart Health

Touro provides a unique clinical service – cardiac care designed specifically for women. Because there are differences in the way men and women present heart disease, it is important to have specialists fluent in diagnosing and treating female patients.

This dedicated clinic focuses on all aspects of cardiology, from preventive approaches to complex conditions. Specialists meet with women of all adult ages to discuss their current condition or their risk for heart disease.

Tests and procedures

At the first visit to the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, physicians ask patients questions about their personal and family medical history. Specialists then assess basic risk factors by checking:

If these initial tests show that a patient is at risk, physicians might schedule further testing, including:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG). This test is an electrical tracing of the heart rhythm. Specialists perform an EKG to determine whether or not there is any evidence of a rhythm disturbance or prior heart attack
  • Exercise electrocardiogram. This test evaluates how a woman's heart responds to the increased demands of exercise. It gives information about level of fitness and is a good screening test for coronary artery disease. This can be done alone or paired with an imaging test such as nuclear scanning or echocardiography
  • Echocardiograms. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart and provides a great deal of information about the function of the heart muscle and valves. It can show whether or not an individual has had a prior heart attack or heart changes caused by high blood pressure
  • Cardiac CT. This test examines the coronary arteries and provides information about the calcium content of the coronary arteries and whether or not significant blockages are present in the arteries