Dr. Goldberg explains when women should see a cardiologist and have their hearts checked on.
I am always asked, "How often should a woman see a cardiologist?" Well first of all, a woman should have a yearly visit with her own doctor and get her blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose checked, to check for the biggest risk factors: high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
After that, if a woman has symptoms, then, if she feels that her internist is not referring her to a cardiologist, she should independently make an appointment.
A woman should see a cardiologist probably once a year if she has had a premature family history of heart disease even though she hasn’t had any symptoms, but if a woman has had heart disease, a heart attack, has had heart surgery, in addition to her primary care doctor, she should also be seeing a cardiologist.
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.