Dr. Volgman shares if an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is a woman's best indicator of her heart's health and if not, what is.
That’s a good question. It’s not really one of the most helpful things. One of the most helpful things is knowing their numbers, knowing what their cholesterol numbers are--triglycerides, HDL, LDL cholesterol--and nowadays, it is even more important to check the LDL particle size and numbers because that seems to be more predictive than LDL cholesterol in terms of having a heart attack or stroke.
So, for women who have a risk factor or they are at higher risk because they have diabetes or they have family history, the more important number that they should know is their LDL particles and LDL size and number because that’s more predictive than LDL cholesterol. So I would encourage those patients to ask their doctor to get that checked.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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