Dr. Goldberg explains what it means to treat the whole woman, not just her heart.
Well, I think in order to take care of a woman’s heart, you have to understand how she lives her life, because a lot of the treatments we use to prevent heart disease are about changing your life, like quitting smoking and starting to exercise and you really, and here we individualize people because people are at different levels of what they’re ready to do with their lives.
Some people will buy a good pair of walking shoes and take a walk, and I really feel I need to help most of the women I see who have to quit smoking because it’s the hardest thing for women to do. Clearly it’s better if you never smoke, but it’s really hard to quit, and so we have to work with those women on how they quit, and I use a whole range of things in this practice from medicines and nicotine replacement to smoking cessation groups and even have recommended women to hypnosis.
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.