Dr. Goldberg shares the most effective supplements and treatments to help a woman's heart.
There are lots of things that can help heal a woman’s heart. We give women Aspirin after their heart attacks to prevent a second heart attack. If you’re a woman and you’ve had a stent placed, you may also be put on another blood thinner called Plavix or Clopidogrel, cholesterol-lowering medicine not only to lower your cholesterol but to prevent a second heart attack, and the medicines that have been studied and show that they do reduce a second heart attack in both men and women are those called statins, commonly used cholesterol medicines.
If you had a heart attack, one of the other medicines we use that can prevent a second heart attack and also lower blood pressure is a beta-blocker. It's best used to lower the risk for a second heart attack. It's not used as commonly as a sole agent to lower blood pressure, and another medicine that we use for blood pressure and also in people who have had heart attacks, to prevent heart failure, is an ACE inhibitor.
It seems like a cocktail of medicines and, but those are the ones that have been studied to lower risk for heart attack, a second heart attack. The goal is, if you had one, you want to prevent a second one, but, medicines are not the only answer. One important thing that all women should know is that they’ll be eligible for cardiac rehabilitation which is an organized program of exercise training, nutritional counseling, and stress management that’s covered by insurance.
Believe it or not, ladies, if you’re a woman who has had a heart attack, you are less likely than a man to get referred to cardiac rehab. All you need to do is have your doctor refer you.
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.