Women often develop heart disease differently than men. The differences affect how women are diagnosed and respond to treatment, so it’s key to have resources dedicated to women.
Seton Heart Institute Women’s Heart Center provides comprehensive services for risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. It is designed to help women who have survived heart-related crises or those who are at significant risk for having one in the future, with access to all of the state-of-the-art facilities within the Ascension Seton.
Raising Awareness About Heart Disease
Located in the Seton Heart Institute clinic, the Women’s Heart Center provides convenient access to all of Ascension Seton’s heart disease diagnostic and treatment resources.
Take the Next Step
We offer two consultation options tailored to your specific heart health.
New Patient Appointments
Risk Factors: Age over 55 years, Family history of premature heart disease, Cigarette smoking, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Obesity or Diabetes
Symptoms: Chest pain, Shortness of breath, Palpitations, Light-headedness, Dizziness, Weakness, Exercise intolerance or Swelling
Women's Heart Health Assessment
- Complete risk assessment questionnaire
- Review of your medical history
- Complete cardiac exam
- Finger-stick cholesterol-glucose check
About the Women’s Heart Center
Dr. Caitlin Giesler, medical director at the Women’s Heart Center at Ascension Seton, talks about providing comprehensive services for risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women.
Personalized Risk Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation
New patients complete a questionnaire prior to their first appointment to pinpoint individual risk factors for heart disease and other diseases common to women. This risk assessment report becomes the basis for each patient’s unique heart disease prevention and treatment plan.
After reviewing the patient’s medical history and risk assessment report and conducting a complete cardiac exam, Dr. Giesler and her team will formulate an individualized plan. Additional testing may include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging
- Specialty blood testing for inherited disorders
- Exercise stress testing
- Rest and stress echocardiogram
- Stress radionuclide perfusion
- Coronary calcium scan using EBCT
- CT angiogram
- Coronary angiography
- Electrophysiology testing
- Specialty invasive testing including acetylcholine coronary endothelial function and adenosine coronary flow reserve testing
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)