Women's Heart Center

Expert heart care for women, by women

Expert heart care for women, by women

Scripps Women’s Heart Center offers heart care exclusively for women, by women. We are dedicated to empowering women to take care of their hearts through education, lifestyle and, when needed, expert medical care. Our female cardiologists are experts in both cardiology and integrative/holistic medicine, and specialize in heart conditions specifically associated with women.

Specialized services

Specialized services

We take women’s care to heart. From preventing heart disease to treating heart problems due to cancer or menopause, you can find the care you need at Scripps. Learn more about services just for women.

The expertise of Scripps

The expertise of Scripps

The Scripps Women’s Heart Center brings together specialists in women’s heart disease, the most advanced technology and the nationally recognized expertise of Scripps.

Clinical research

Clinical research

The experts at Scripps Women’s Heart Center are working towards a greater understanding of differences in medicine between men and women, thereby eliminating gender disparities in care.

Specialized services for women

A healthy heart requires the right care. If you have never been to a cardiologist before and want to know more about your risk for heart disease, you can make an appointment with a Scripps Women’s Heart Center cardiologist to evaluate your heart health and learn how to lower your risk. If you have already been diagnosed with a heart condition and need medical care or want a second opinion, we are here for you. Our cardiologists provide expert, compassionate evaluation and treatment of the conditions that most often affect women’s hearts.

  • Heart disease prevention

Atherosclerotic heart disease, or atherosclerosis, is a condition that causes plaque to build up in the arteries that carry blood to the heart and is the main cause of heart disease. Our cardiologists take a holistic approach to preventing atherosclerosis, evaluating not only the traditional indicators of heart disease such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but also your lifestyle, how you manage stress and other factors that have been found to affect women’s hearts. Then, we work with you to develop a plan to minimize your risk.

  • Microvascular coronary disease 

We offer on-site testing for coronary microvascular disease (MVD), a condition that causes damage to the tiny arteries of the heart. Research has found that the decrease in estrogen levels after menopause may be a factor in the development of MVD; estrogen helps protect the heart, so when estrogen levels fall, the heart may be more vulnerable to disease, especially if there are other risk factors such as high blood pressure. 

  • Pregnancy-related cardiac conditions

If you have a heart condition you may need to take special precautions before and during pregnancy. The cardiologists at Scripps Women’s Heart Center can evaluate your heart condition throughout your pregnancy so symptoms and potential complications can be detected and treated early to help ensure a safe outcome for you and your baby.

  • Chronic inflammatory conditions

Women are more likely than men to develop autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which are associated with increased inflammation in the body. When blood vessels become inflamed, they become narrower, which can raise the risk of heart disease or stroke. The physicians at Scripps Women’s Heart Center can evaluate your risk factors and help reduce risk of heart disease with early preventative cardiovascular care.

  • Women’s hormone-related conditions

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), early-onset menopause and other conditions related to an imbalance of female sex hormones can raise women’s risk of heart disease. Furthermore, hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms should be discussed with a health care provider. The physicians at Scripps Women’s Heart Center provide personalized cardiovascular risk assessment and discuss the impact of hormone replacement therapy, hormonal contraception and infertility treatments in your overall heart health.

  • Cancer-related cardiac conditions 

Certain cancers and cancer treatments can affect the heart and managing both conditions can be challenging. That is why the physicians at Scripps Women’s Heart Center team up with oncologists to combine their knowledge to help protect the hearts of people undergoing or who have undergone cancer treatment.

The expertise and resources of Scripps

Scripps Women’s Heart Center offers expert heart care especially for women. Our women's heart team includes: Christina Adams, MD, Poulina Uddin, MD, Elizabeth Kaback, MD, and Namee Kim, MD. Our physicians are experts in cardiology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, which brings a unique and holistic approach to women's heart care that includes mind, body and spirit. 

The center is located in the new, state-of-the-art Scripps Clinic John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion next to the Prebys Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla. Scripps Women’s Heart Center patients have access to the entire Scripps network of cardiology services and technologies. Scripps cardiologists care for more heart patients than any other health care system in San Diego, and U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Scripps the best in San Diego and one of the "best hospitals" in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. Learn more about the many reasons we are San Diego’s heart care leader.

Clinical research

Until recently, heart care research tended to overlook gender differences. For the most part, researchers have focused on men’s hearts, or did not note the differences between men and women when reporting results. Scripps Women’s Heart Center will participate in research studies to track cardiovascular disease and risk factor progression among women, and offer participation in clinical research trials when appropriate. Learn more about clinical trials for heart disease.