At our Women’s Heart Health Clinic, we frequently see women who have chest pain but no physical blockages of the arteries. We look at all possible causes of chest pain, including difficult-to-detect forms of coronary artery disease.
At Stanford, we listen to your concerns and evaluate your entire coronary circulation. We use the most advanced technology to diagnose coronary abnormalities, like microvascular dysfunction, that can be hard to detect on an angiogram or other typical diagnostic tests. In fact, the newest, most accurate method to detect microvascular dysfunction was developed here at Stanford.
If you are diagnosed with microvascular dysfunction, we make you an active partner in your treatment plan to identify the options that best suit your needs. Throughout treatment, we check in with you regularly to see how you are responding and make any adjustments to help you feel your best.
Our approach to treatment includes:
Your provider may prescribe one or more medications for you to take in combination with making lifestyle changes. The drugs that treat microvascular dysfunction help open the small blood vessels to ease chest pain and prevent complications.
Your provider will find the right dosage for you and help manage any possible side effects.