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 women

We offer classes, events and support groups for patients and families. To register for any activity, call (502) 629-1234.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more cardiovascular patients — about 100,000 every year — than any provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s leader.
  • 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 cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced 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 the state.
  • The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services certifies Norton Healthcare for chest pain and atrial fibrillation care.
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