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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 the U.S.

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

At UPMC Magee-Women's Heart Program, our goals are to:

  • Improve the heart health of women who have, or are at risk for, heart disease.
  • Provide complete, patient-centered care for women of all ages who have questions or concerns about their heart health.
  • Prevent and treat women with, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease. 

Why Choose UPMC?

Team Approach

Our Women's Heart Program team works collaboratively with many physicians within and outside of our network to provide high quality care for women. The specialists that we most commonly work with are below, but we are happy to work with any providers who also care for you.

  • Primary Care and Family Practice Providers
  • Internists
  • Oncologists
  • Neurologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Obstetricians and Maternal Fetal Medicine Providers
  • Surgeons and Anesthesiologists
  • Other Cardiologists such as Electrophysiologists, Interventionalists, and Heart Failure Specialists

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Women's Heart Program Services

The Magee-Womens Heart Program offers innovative assessments, testing, and treatment to meet each woman's unique needs.

What Our Heart Program Offers

We take care of women for all types of reasons.

Sex-based risk assessments for heart disease

Traditional risk factors for heart disease in women include:

  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking history
  • Stress

Non-traditional risk factors in women include:

  • Pregnancy-related high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Rheumatologic diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Early menopause
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOCS
  • Radiation for cancer

Diagnosis and treatment of heart disease symptoms in women

Heart disease symptoms in women include:

  • Chest pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Nausea

We also help women manage peri- and post-menopausal symptoms and discuss the pros and cons of hormone use.

Heart problems we treat include:

  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD)
  • Microvascular disease
  • Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Autonomic dysfunction
  • Tachycardia/autonomic dysfunction
  • Cancer-related heart diseases due to chemotherapy and radiation
  • Nervous system disorders such as stroke or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs)
  • Heart valve diseases, such as aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation
  • Heart failure, including both weakening of the heart muscle and stiffness of the heart
  • Coronary artery disease, including mild and severe blockages
  • Arrhythmias such as premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), premature atrial contractions (PACs), supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), and atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pregnancy related cardiac conditions
  • Perimenopausal related cardiac conditions

We offer pre-conception counseling and postpartum care for pregnant women who may have:

  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Valve disease
  • Congenital heart problems
  • Prior heart attacks
  • Arrhythmias

Diagnostic Tests at the Women's Heart Program

When we see you, we may use an array of tests to further diagnose or treat you.

These include:

  • Cardiac ultrasound (also known as an echocardiogram or echo)
  • Stress testing, including ultrasound, nuclear, and MRI
  • Cardiac MRI
  • CT scan of the heart
  • EKGs
  • Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scan
  • Holter and event monitors
  • Tilt table tests
  • Heart catheterization

A Team Approach to Women's Heart Care

Our Women's Heart Program team works with many doctors in and out of our network to provide high-quality care for women.

Specialists we most commonly work with are below, but we're happy to work with any other doctors who care for you.

  • Primary Care and Family Practice Providers
  • Internists
  • Oncologists
  • Neurologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Lung doctors
  • Obstetricians
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine Providers
  • Gynecologists
  • Surgeons and Anesthesiologists

We also work with other heart specialists, such as:

  • Electrophysiologists
  • Interventionalists
  • Heart Failure Experts

Teaching Women Ways to Lower Heart Disease Risk

Through the Magee-Women's Heart program:

  • You can receive ongoing education to help lower your risk factors and make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • We also offer access to clinical trials for new heart disease drugs and devices.
  • Our experts conduct endless research to gain a better understanding of heart disease in women and to design 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
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket St., Suite 5102
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-641-8870

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

Phone: 412-380-5030

Northern Locations
UPMC Passavant - Cranberry
3 St. Francis Way, Suite 202
Cranberry, PA 16066

Phone: 412-748-6484

UPMC Jameson
Ground Floor
1211 Wilmington Ave.
New Castle, PA 16105

Phone: 724-656-4646

Southern Location
UPMC Outpatient Center - West Mifflin
275 Clairton Blvd, Suite 300C
West Mifflin, PA 15236
Phone: 412-653-8500