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Name of Treatment Program: Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program

Short description: The Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center cares for women of all ages through prevention and early detection of heart disease.

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Our Approach

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Listen to Malissa Wood, MD, explain how the symptoms of heart attack are different in women than in men

Our Doctors

The Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital 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 such as spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Specialists meet with women of all adult ages to discuss their current condition or their risk for heart disease.

A Multidisciplinary Team

Once a patient enters the program, she is assigned a health care team that includes a cardiologist, nurse and nutritionist to help make necessary lifestyle changes to lower her cardiovascular risks and stay healthy. Should a patient need surgery, a cardiac surgeon also becomes part of the team.

Specialists guide patients every step of the way to ensure they receive the best possible care. Patients are also directed to wellness programs both on-site and within their own communities. Such programs include:

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. Additional tests include:

Specialists also perform cardiac catheterization with coronary angiography. This test examines possible coronary artery blockages and provides valuable information about pressures within the heart. If a coronary artery blockage is identified, treatment with a coronary stent (a tube that holds the artery open) can be performed at the same time.

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Conditions and Diseases

The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

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Support and Wellness

Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.


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Phone number: 866-MGH-8910

Condition: Angina Pectoris,Arrhythmias,Atrial Fibrillation,Cardiac Sarcoma,Cardiomyopathy,Chest Pain/ Heart Attack Symptoms,Congenital Heart Defects,Coronary Heart Disease,Heart Attack,Heart Failure,Heart Murmur,Heart Valve Diseases,High Blood Pressure/ Hypertension,Metabolic Syndrome,Mitral Valve Prolapse,Obesity,Pericarditis,Rheumatic Heart Disease,Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm,Type 2 Diabetes

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