Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women

Stanford is committed to improving the cardiovascular health of women. Our team offers evidence-based, sex-specific, personalized, and comprehensive care including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Women's Heart Health at Boswell Building
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-6459 Getting Here

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Care and Treatment of Heart Disease in Women

Conditions Treated

Cardiovascular disease takes the life of one out of every two women resulting in nearly 500 million deaths annually. Differences between women and men have been identified throughout the entire spectrum of cardiovascular disease, from risk factors to symptoms, and from diagnosis to treatment and outcomes. Fortunately, there is a growing body of knowledge about women and cardiovascular disease and how they differ from men. Learn more about the following cardiovascular conditions in women.

Cholesterol

Excess cholesterol is deposited in the lining of the arteries, including the arteries that feed the heart muscle, which in turn narrows the artery through which blood flows.

Diabetes and high blood pressure

High blood pressure is twice as likely to strike a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes; left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke.

Gestational diabetes

A condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy.

Gestational hypertension

A hypertensive disorder that develops about halfway through pregnancy, which can develop into a serious condition called pre-eclampsia. The high blood pressure usually goes away after pregnancy.

Heart attacks in women

The leading cause of death in women, many women ignore the symptoms of a heart attack. Instead of crushing chest pain, women may experience a strange discomfort in the back or other easily ignored signs.

Hypertension (chronic hypertension)

Also referred to as high blood pressure, a condition in which the arteries have persistently elevated blood pressure which can lead to damaged organs, as well as several illnesses, such as renal failure (kidney failure), aneurysm, heart failure, stroke, or heart attack.

Prediabetes

A condition characterized by an increased level of glucose in the blood which increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Pregnancy and high blood pressure

High blood pressure can cause serious complications for a fetus and the mother, including pre-eclampsia and chronic hypertension.

Sleep and heart disease

Women with chronic sleep disturbance experience an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Stress and heart disease

Chronic stress can cause physiological changes that promote atherosclerosis, the slow buildup of plaque deposits in the heart's arteries as well as other heart problems such as myocardial ischemia.

For Patients

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

  • New patients, bring your completed new patient questionnaire and new patient lifestyle and risk factor questionnaire.
  • Returning patients, bring your completed return patient lifestyle and risk factor questionnaire.

For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

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Call the cardiology New Patient Coordinators at 650-723-6459 to schedule an appointment.

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