About the Episode

Cardiologist Dr. Malissa Wood is committed to improving women’s heart health. She helped found the hospital's Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program and has devoted her career to make sure women get the care they need, all while balancing the demands that come with being the mom of four.

About Dr. Wood

Malissa Wood, Women and the heart

Malissa Wood, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed both her internal medicine and cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Wood is a clinical cardiologist and staff physician in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Mass General.

Dr. Wood's clinical practice is primarily devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women. Dr. Wood currently serves as the co-director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program and is the principal investigator of the Happy Heart Trial, a primary prevention study in low-income women study designed to improve the cardiovascular health of high-risk women.

Dr. Wood has authored book chapters describing the cardiovascular response to pregnancy, and her clinical research with athletes has included work with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Harvard University athletes, marathon runners and rowers.

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