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Women’s Heart Program

The Magee-Womens Heart Program — part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute — provides complete diagnostics, assessments, and treatment of heart disease in women.

We recognize that women have different risks, lifestyle factors, and biology than men. This means we tailor our prevention and treatment plans based on a woman's distinct needs.

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About the Women's Heart Program

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America.

It has been under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed in women for years.

At the Magee-Womens Heart Program, we take a team approach to assess, diagnose, and treat each woman based on her individual needs.

We also provide ongoing education and support to help women manage their risk factors and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Heart disease symptoms in women

Women often ignore signs of heart disease because they're busy caring for others. Or, they might not realize what they're feeling is a symptom of a heart problem.

Some symptoms of heart problems in women can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fluttering in the chest (also called heart palpitations)
  • Fatigue, or feeling very tired
  • Coughing, especially a dry cough
  • Anxiety
  • Swelling of your feet or ankles
  • Fast weight gain

Heart attack symptoms in women

The symptoms of a heart attack can differ for women than for men. Women don’t always have classic symptoms, like chest pain, arm pain, and shortness of breath.

Heart attack symptoms in women might be less dramatic, and can include:

  • Pressure or pain in the chest that comes and goes
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Pain in the jaw, arm, or back

If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 911 right away.

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Women's Heart Program Diagnostic and Treatment Services

The Magee-Women Heart Program offers innovative assessments, diagnostics, and treatment to meet each woman’s unique needs.

Risk assessments for heart disease

Risk management plays a crucial part in preventing and treating heart disease in women.

Our experts offer risk assessments to help you identify and understand your risks, such as:

  • Lifestyle factors like diet, physical activity, smoking, and stress.
  • Health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and pregnancy-related conditions like gestational hypertension and diabetes.
  • Prior medications and treatments like hormone replacement therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation.
  • Family history of heart disease.

Diagnostic services

To assess risk and diagnose heart disease, our experts use proven methods and the latest technology, including:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • Cardiac stress testing, including ultrasound, nuclear, and MRI modalities
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Coronary computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Electron beam computed tomography (EBCT) scan
  • Holter and event monitors
  • Pre-surgery cardiac clearance

Heart disease treatment options for women

Our experts provide cutting-edge nonsurgical and surgical treatments based on your needs.

Heart disease treatments include:

Heart disease education and research

In our program, women can receive ongoing education to help lower their risk factors and make healthy lifestyle choices.

We also offer access to clinical trials for new drugs and devices. And our experts conduct ongoing research to gain a better understanding of heart disease in women and to develop new treatments.

Contact Us at the UPMC Women's Heart Program

For patients

To schedule an initial heart screening, call 1-855-876-2484 (UPMC-HVI).

For doctors

To refer a patient, call UPMC's 24-hour physician referral service at: 1-800-544-2500 or 412-647-7000.

Magee-Womens Heart Program locations

The Magee-Womens Heart Program operates at the following locations throughout western Pennsylvania.

Central Location
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
300 Halket St., Suite 5120
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-641-8870

Northern Locations
UPMC Passavant
9100 Babcock Blvd., Suite 1135
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Phone: 412-748-6484

UPMC Jameson
Ground Floor
1211 Wilmington Rd
New Castle, PA 16105

Phone: 724-698-1830

Eastern Locations
400 Oxford Dr., Suite 75
Monroeville, PA 15146

Phone: 412-380-5030

119 Professional Center
1265 Wayne Ave., Suite 305/306
Indiana, PA 15701

Phone: 724-349-3233