New Center Fights No. 1 Women’s Killer


Addressing the need for better care and awareness when it comes to women’s heart health, Ascension Seton is opening the Women’s Heart Center at the Ascension Seton Heart Institute.

giesler_tredmill__mg_0028 400size“Women have unique risk factors that are often overlooked or unknown, such as pregnancy-related or auto-immune disorders,” said Dr. Caitlin Giesler, medical director of the new Women’s Heart Center. “Early identification and treatment of these women is important because prevention works.”

Despite advances in treatment and awareness, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of women and kills more women than all cancers combined. One in 31 women will die of breast cancer, while one in three women will die of heart disease.

The risk and incidence of heart disease starts to increase in women at age 40, yet many women are unaware of heart disease symptoms. They think of it as a “man’s disease,” tend to dismiss their own symptoms and take longer to seek medical attention.

The Women’s Heart Center, located at 1301 W. 38th Street, Suite 400, in Austin, uses traditional and female-specific evaluation and management strategies and is designed to help women who have survived a heart-related crisis or who are significantly at risk for one in the future.

“All of our current diagnostic tests and treatments are based on research done overwhelmingly in men, and we know that certain types of heart disease in women are missed by traditional testing,” Giesler said. “We now know that women often respond differently to traditional treatments and medications.”

The center will offer an exclusive $149 Women’s Heart Health Assessment that provides the foundation for a heart disease prevention plan. It includes a risk assessment questionnaire, medical history review, complete cardiac exam, finger-stick cholesterol/glucose check and electrocardiogram (EKG).

The Women’s Heart Center also will serve as platform for cutting-edge research to help answer questions about heart disease in women. The role hormones play and the best treatments for female-dominant types of heart disease will be investigated in collaboration with other specialists, including oncologists and gynecologists.

For more information about the new Women’s Heart Center, or to schedule a Women’s Heart Health Assessment, call 512-324-3440 or visit