At the OHSU Center for Women’s Health, we offer heart care that understands women’s symptoms and risks. You will find:
- Woman-centered cardiovascular care from women’s heart health expert Dr. Nandita Gupta.
- One-hour initial appointments with Dr. Gupta to make sure your prevention or treatment plan is right for you.
- Care that is connected to and informed by the other women’s health experts at the Center for Women’s Health.
Diagnosis and treatment
Our women’s heart program provides both preventive care and heart disease treatment.
If you are at risk for heart disease, Dr. Gupta can help. No referral is needed. Call 503-494-1775 and ask for an appointment with Dr. Gupta in the women’s heart program.
If you had preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you are three to four times more at risk for a heart attack or stroke even 20 years in the future. Dr. Gupta can help you monitor and reduce your risk.
Heart disease treatment
We also treat women who have had heart attacks or strokes or who have other cardiovascular diseases. We treat all types of heart disease, including those that are more common in women:
- Microvascular dysfunction: a disease that causes the small blood vessels in the heart not to work as they should. This condition is more common in women and causes chronic chest pain.
- Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD): an emergency condition when a blood vessel in the heart tears. This can slow or stop blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack. It is more common in women.
- Heart failure: a chronic condition that gets worse with time, heart failure can cause shortness of breath, fatigue, and even a heart attack. One type, called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, is more common in women. This is when the heart pumps normally but is not able to relax properly.
Heart disease in women
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing more deaths than all types of cancer combined. Women who have heart attacks or strokes are more likely to die than men because they often seek help later and are more often have symptoms brushed off by medical providers.
At OHSU, we’re committed to taking heart disease in women seriously. We understand that women have different risk factors and often have different symptoms from men.
Heart disease risk
Women and men share some risk factors for heart disease, but almost all of them are more common or more risky for women. Women also have several risk factors that men do not.
Riskier for women than men:
- High blood pressure
Risks more common in women:
- Autoimmune diseases, like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
- Inactivity (sedentary lifestyle)
Risks found only in women:
- Issues in pregnancy (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia)
- Early menopause
Heart disease symptoms
Women experience many of the same symptoms of heart disease and heart attack as men but there are also important differences. Women’s symptoms are more likely to be less noticeable, to show up when resting or even sleeping, and to be triggered by emotional stress.
Symptoms common in women and men:
- Angina (dull or sharp chest pain)
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
Symptoms more common in women:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, back or stomach pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Unusual fatigue
- Heartburn or indigestion
Women’s heart care expert
Call 503-494-1775 to schedule.
No referral is needed. Ask for an appointment with Dr. Gupta in the women’s heart program.