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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:

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.

Courtney's Risk: Pregnancy and Heart Health

Courtney first came to Mass General at the age of 8 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her leg. Mass General treated and cured her as child, but the chemotherapies used put her at risk for a weakened heart. Courtney's care team coached her through two pregnancies, ensuring that she remained healthy and also delivered two healthy babies. Watch video

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.

About this treatment:

Since February of 2007, the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program has addressed heart disease in women. This unique program has a close relationship with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, an initiative that encourages awareness and action among women in the fight against heart disease.

Advocates for Preventing Heart Disease

Our specialists engage in advocacy efforts to prevent heart disease in women. Several of these efforts include:

Malissa Wood, MD, recently launched the HAPPY Heart program to improve the heart health of women served by the Mass General Hospital Revere and Chelsea HealthCare Centers. In an effort to reduce heart disease in low-income women, the program includes screenings and aggressive primary prevention techniques, such as exercise, smoking cessation and stress reduction.

Access to Advanced Treatments

Specialists at the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program focus on all aspects of heart care from prevention to early detection and treatment. Our patients have access to the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available throughout the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Service

Cardiologists specializing in women's heart health, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy and performance athletes work closely with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and anesthesiologists to guide patients through planning, pregnancy and delivery.

Our doctors and staff provide individualized care and treatment plans for patients before, during and after pregnancy including:

Learn more about pregnancy's effect on the heart. To make an appointment, patients can request an appointment online or call 866-644-8910.

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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.

Support & 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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Contact: Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program

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