Cardiologist Dr. Goldberg shares why she wrote a book on women's health and not just on women's hearts.
Because several years ago when I started my practice Total Heart Care, I realized that women were coming into me with more than heart disease. For instance, heart symptoms could be a vehicle to other medical conditions that are very common in women. Racing heartbeats or palpitations, one of the most common conditions in women over the age of 35 is thyroid disease, and most women don’t realize they should have a thyroid test every year starting at the age of 35.
But, they didn’t have part, they thought they were having a heart attack but we found that they were having an overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid. I felt that I was in my cardiology practice advocating for women for other medical problems because they just didn’t know where to go for help, and also I wanted everyone to get the idea that the body was connected, which it always is, the heart, the mind, the body; they’re all connected.
Unfortunately our healthcare system is too fragmented. So oftentimes I find myself in the position that an internal medicine doctor should be in where they’re the manager or the organizer, but in fact women are not getting the care they should in primary care practices. So I put the women together, I ask a complete medical history, and then I try to find those individuals who practice very similarly to me, spend time with their patients, interact with them in a positive way so that we can give them a comprehensive program, and that’s why at NYU I am not only working to develop the women’s health center but a women’s health network so we can have like-minded women’s health providers so that women will have doctors who interact with each other as well as interact with them.
About Dr. Nieca Goldberg, M.D.:
Dr. Nieca Goldberg is a cardiologist and a nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health. Her New York City practice Total Heart Care focuses primarily on caring for women. Dr. Goldberg is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of NYU Women’s Heart Program, the Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign – an association for which she has volunteered for over 15 years and been a board member in NYC. She was formerly the Chief of Women’s Cardiac Care at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.