Cardiovascular Women's Health Clinic
Appointments and Info: 859-323-0295 or 859-323-5479
Clinic hours vary. Call for more information.
Gill Heart Institute
Linda and Jack Gill Building
First floor, G100
1000 South Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0084
Directions to Gill Heart Institute
Services provided in the Cardiovascular Women's Health Clinic include evaluation and treatment of the following:
- Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy
- Chest pain
- Coronary artery disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Valvular heart disease
In addition, the clinic offers counseling for family history of early coronary disease and hormone replacement therapy in coronary disease. Echocardiography and stress testing are available.
Who should be referred to the Cardiovascular Women's Health Clinic at the University of Kentucky?
- Any woman who needs evaluation for the above conditions
- Women who have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease
- Women with a history of shortness of breath and other cardiac-related symptoms
- Women with other cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes mellitus, sedentary lifestyle and tobacco use
Specialized Heart Care for Women
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Women with coronary artery disease often present with atypical symptoms as compared to men. For instance, women may not always have the crushing chest pain, with associated shortness of breath and nausea, that men may experience with coronary artery disease. Atypical presentations in women may be shortness of breath alone, anxiety, palpitations, or stomach upset or "heartburn."
Studies have shown that women with coronary artery disease often visit their doctors later than men do, and women with coronary disease may have fewer cardiac procedures performed on them. Women who have diabetes are at much greater risk for coronary artery disease. Women with dyslipidemia (bad cholesterol) require special attention as the national guidelines for ideal cholesterol levels in women vary slightly from those in men. Furthermore, the role of hormone replacement therapy in women with coronary artery disease is complex, and requires special attention by physicians and health care providers to stay current on the recommendations from emerging research.
The Cardiovascular Women's Health Clinic at UK HealthCare was created to serve the needs of women by providing a comprehensive approach to their cardiac care. Together with the Associates in Women's Health, a division of the Women's Health Clinic, this clinic serves to further improve the health of women in Kentucky. The clinic focuses on primary and secondary prevention of cardiac disease, as well as treatment of existing cardiac disease.