The Cardiovascular Care Center of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has established the Women’s Heart Program to provide high-quality heart care to women in every stage of life.  The program uses the Framingham risk-assessment tool, endorsed by the American Heart Association, to identify risk factors early. Once you get your score from the assessment, print it out and bring it to your next visit with your physician.  A special tracking system, coordinated with a woman’s primary care physician, helps to ensure that a woman’s heart is evaluated in a consistent way at every office visit. 

The program offers access to NorthShore’s vast resources to referrals to experts who can help reduce heart risks, including:

Smoking cessation– a one-on-one counseling approach is used by our board-certified clinical psychologist.

Nutritional counseling– a registered dietician helps to identify weak spots in a woman’s daily eating patterns and offers positive, practical tips for making healthy food choices.  Alternative nutritional counseling is also available.

Stress-reduction– As one of the first health systems in America to establish an Integrative Medicine Program, a wealth of stress-reduction options are available.  These include: therapeutic yoga and meditationmassage therapy and other bodyworkOriental medicine, herbal medicine counseling, energy therapy (medical Qigong) and family systems counseling.    

Exercise- Our system's affiliation with both the Park Center in Glenview and the the Highland Park Hospital Health & Fitness Center in Buffalo Grove provide this program with a wide range of exercise options for our women patients.  In some cases, one-on-one coaching may be the best solution; for others, exercising with a group is a better option.

Hospital-based Services

The Women’s Heart Program is part of the Cardiovascular Care Center, which offers state-of-the-art care for women with existing heart disease. A full range of hospital-based services are available, including:

  • Echocardiography
  • Lipid Clinics
  • Heart Failure Consultation Service (inpatient)
  • Heart Scan (low-dose CT scan)
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Electrophysiology studies to evaluate irregular heartbeats
  • Electrophysiology treatments to cure irregular rhythms
  • Catheter-based interventions to open blocked arteries and repair faulty heart structures
    • Clip device for repairing faulty heart valves
    • Carotid stenting
    • Drug eluting stents for treatment of blocked coronary arteries
  • Heart surgery, including off-pump bypass surgery
  • Gene therapy, through clinical studies, to restore blood flow in damaged hearts
  • Access to the newest heart therapies through clinical trials
    • Cardiothoracic clinical trials
    • Electrophysiology
    • Hypertension
    • Interventional Cardiology

To learn about any of these services in greater detail, phone 847.657.1768.

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