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About Heart Care for Women

Heart Care for Women, born out of a free heart screening that continues to be offered by the practice, aims to tailor cardiovascular care to women. Health Care for Women provides an integrative approach to prevention and health promotion under the direction of Benita Burke, M.D., FACC, whose vision is to integrate comprehensive medical care with health promotion and educational activities.

Care for Women, by Women

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And while deaths from heart disease among women continue to rise, research has shown that only 13 percent of women view it as their greatest personal health risk. What’s more, women may have different heart symptoms than men and may respond to treatment differently than men. Compared with men, women are more likely to downplay their symptoms and delay talking with their doctors or going to the hospital. Female patients also do not do as well after certain heart-related medical procedures and are prescribed medical therapies less often. Diagnosing a heart problem in women can be more complicated due to women’s smaller arteries, hormonal influences and more. Additionally, female-specific issues (for example, pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and chest radiation after breast cancer) increase the overall risk of heart disease in women later in life.

That’s why Heart Care for Women was created. Dr. Burke is joined by female cardiologists whose expertise ranges from interventional cardiology to electrophysiology, offering comprehensive heart services designed specifically for women. The team includes Tina Sichrovsky, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist; and Kariann Abbate, M.D., Cardiologist. Diagnostic tests and treatments are available for a wide spectrum of heart diseases, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, arrhythmias and congestive heart failure.

The group currently sees patients at their new location at 1200 East Ridgewood Ave., in Ridgewood. The office also features a full kitchen for heart-healthy cooking classes and a group exercise studio as part of its integrative approach to heart health.

Get Screened Today!

If you’re a woman age 25 or older, Heart Care for Women encourages you to take charge of your health by being aware of your risk for heart disease. The practice offers a free cardiac screening by a specially trained nurse practitioner who can identify if you’re at increased risk for heart disease. Call 201-447-8535 to make an appointment or use our online form to connect with us and we will call you back. Remember, to best care for others, you have to care for yourself. Take a step toward better health today.

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