Women’s Heart Program

More Than 20 years of Treating Heart Disease in Women

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute — the leading provider of cardiovascular care in Louisville and Southern Indiana — launched a Women’s Heart Program in 1995 as the area’s first program devoted to heart disease in women.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Women’s Heart Program was created in part because women have a greater risk of developing heart disease than all types of cancer combined, including breast cancer.

A woman who has a heart attack is more likely to die than a man. If she survives, she is at a higher risk of having a second heart attack within a year. Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Women’s Heart Program focuses on the latest in heart care treatment and support of women at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiovascular specialists use their understanding of women’s unique heart care needs to provide a precise diagnosis and develop a treatment plan customized for you.

Our cardiovascular specialists have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s leader.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute empowers women to take control of their heart health and promotes cardiovascular health and well-being. We are a long-standing community partner of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

Combining Expertise with Groundbreaking Advances in Women’s Heart Care

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Women’s Heart Program specialists are at the leading edge of new treatments and procedures that address the unique cardiovascular needs of women.

Since women are at especially high risk of a second heart attack, our cardiovascular specialists are prepared with the latest procedures and techniques — in combination with lifestyle changes — to reduce the risk.

From minimally invasive procedures that keep the vascular system moving blood freely through the heart to the latest tools for treating atrial fibrillation, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute brings all of its tools to bear on the unique heart needs of women.

Our interventional cardiologists have expertise in minimally invasive procedures. They can thread tools into the heart or arteries to deploy stents, balloons and other devices to restore healthy blood flow.

For more advanced conditions, our cardiothoracic surgeons have the expertise and experience to perform complex open heart surgeries, such as bypass and valve replacements.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Resource Center, on our St. Matthews campus, is home to many of our women’s heart support programs.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute Resource Center offers Heart Healthy Consultations with our experienced treatment team. We screen women to identify heart disease risk factors and coach women on lowering risks and recognizing symptoms of heart disease.

We will connect you with resources at Norton Healthcare and in the community to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. You can have your results sent to your primary care physician.

Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Women can experience heart attack symptoms differently than men. Women may ignore or overlook the warning signs or confuse them with other conditions, so it’s important to consult a physician immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Sudden fatigue
  • Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • Stomach or abdominal pain
  • Dull ache, pain, tightness or pressure in the chest, back, arm or jaw
  • Back pain
  • Neck, arm and/or shoulder pain
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Heart palpitations, cold sweats and/or paleness
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained anxiety

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for men and women of all ages seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to men and women after a heart attack, living with a heart condition or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

Classes and Events

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers classes about once a week on a broad range of heart health topics including cooking classes, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and heart failure education workshops, and more.

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About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks —  the most severe type of heart attack.
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