Dr. Goldberg explains what atherosclerosis is and if it can put a woman at risk for a heart attack.
Atherosclerosis means the build-up of plaque in the arteries. It could be in the arteries that go to your heart muscle; it could be the arteries that go to your brain; it could be in the arteries that feed your legs. So that means atherosclerosis puts you at risk for a heart attack if it's in the arteries that supply your heart muscle. If it's in the arteries of the neck or the brain, it could increase your risk for stroke, and if it's in your legs it can increase your risk for peripheral artery disease.
If you think of your arteries as a tree with branches that, all the branches are part of the tree, and the tree could get a tree disease that all the branches are at risk so that all your arteries are at risk.
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.