St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital

Taking Cardiac Care for Women to Heart

By Annette Brooks

Bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic, interventional, and preventive cardiac care to the community, St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital saves lives and helps residents enjoy a better quality of life. With a team of board-certified cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure specialists, cardiovascular surgeons, specialized nurses, and medical professionals using the latest advancements nearby, you don’t have to drive downtown to receive quality cardiac care.

Women Suffer from Heart Disease, Too

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Yet in a study conducted by the American Heart Association, only 13 percent of women said it was their greatest personal health risk. Dr. Margit Nemeth and Dr. Jessica Brown, cardiologists at St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital, remind us that American women are as likely as men to suffer from heart disease today.

“It’s important for women to recognize symptoms and seek medical attention. Even if they aren’t sure their symptoms could be a heart problem, it needs to be ruled out,” Dr. Nemeth says.

Different Heart Disease Symptoms in Women

The cardiologists explain that heart problems often present differently in women than they do in men. Men may experience more classic symptoms, such as a crushing, squeezing, or burning pain, pressure, or fullness in the center of the chest, or pain that radiates to one or both arms. Women, on the other hand, may experience throat discomfort, indigestion, and nausea. Moreover, women tend to attribute symptoms to something else. Jaw and shoulder pain may be brushed off as tension instead of a heart problem, and fatigue as a sign of being too busy juggling work and family.

Dr. Brown says there’s another reason women go undiagnosed. “Unfortunately, women are often told their symptoms are due to anxiety.” She further notes that women should be made aware of heart disease causes specific to women, such as heart failure due to chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.

Taking their patients’ well-being to heart, the cardiologists listen, educate, and offer support. They help men and women alike navigate and understand their heart health and condition and discuss steps they can take to improve life expectancy and quality of life. Furthermore, they stress that heart disease is often preventable. Proactive measures can reduce risk factors. Smoking cessation, sticking to a heart healthy diet, maintaining normal weight, and getting adequate physical exercise help prevent heart disease or may stop its progression.

“Physical activity is one of the keys to a healthier heart. Common heart disease symptoms include shortness of breath and lack of stamina during physical activity, but if you don’t exercise, you don’t know this is the case,” Dr. Brown comments.

Dr. Nemeth adds, “We urge patients to see us for risk evaluation before symptoms appear, to decrease long-term risk. It’s possible to change the course of disease by treating or preventing risk factors such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and managing weight.”

Meet Drs. Margit Nemeth and Jessica Brown

These fellowship-trained cardiologists share a passion for selflessly helping others and providing compassionate, patient-centered care.

Dr. Margit Nemeth, the medical director of noninvasive cardiology at St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands Hospital, is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. She focuses on all noninvasive aspects of cardiology with particular emphasis on disease prevention, valvular heart disease, and congestive heart failure. Visit
bslmg.org/nemeth to read her complete bio.

Dr. Jessica Brown is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, and completed a second fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Her special interests include valvular heart disease and heart failure. Visit bslmg.org/brown to read her complete bio.

Cardiovascular Conditions Treated at St. Luke’s-The Woodlands Hospital Include:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cardiac Valve Disorders
  • Cardiac Rhythm Disorders

Cardiovascular Services Include:

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Coronary Artery FFR and IVUS
  • Coronary Rotational Atherectomy
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Arterial Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Laser Atherectomy
  • Venous Thrombectomy
  • Lytic Catheter Infusion
  • Angiojet and Trelis Therapies
  • IVC Filter Placement and Removal
  • Porta Cath Placement
  • Tunnel Line and Dialysis Catheter Placement
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Expanding Access to Quality Heart Care

With two new cath labs and an additional completely renovated room, St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital offers the latest innovations and patient safety features to provide the highest level of care. Now with a total of six state-of-the-art cath labs, the hospital maximizes the ability to perform the most complex procedures and begin patient treatment and recovery sooner.

Additionally, more patients now have access to the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program, which provides individualized education and monitored exercise under the care of registered nurses and exercise physiologists.


Contact

17200 St. Luke’s Way
The Woodlands, Texas 77384
(936) 266-2000