Women's Cardiac Center

Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute

Cardiac Care for Women

Compared to men, women have different risks for cardiovascular disease, symptoms of cardiovascular disease, and response to treatment. At the Women’s Cardiac Center, we have an in-depth understanding of these differences and offer a multidisciplinary approach to specialized cardiac care for women

In our convenient, comfortable setting dedicated to women’s health, we provide cardiac services for all women, including those with known risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as:

  • family history of heart disease
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • lack of exercise
  • pregnancy or post-pregnancy
  • postmenopausal time of life

Through the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, we offer complete diagnostic and clinical cardiology services, cardiovascular surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation, as well as access to clinical trials. All test results and recommendations are sent to each patient’s primary care physician.

Meet the team at the Women's Cardiac Center

Women's cardiac

Contact the Women's Cardiac Center

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 401-793-7870.

Cardiovascular Services at the Women's Medicine Collaborative

In collaboration with the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals, the Women's Medicine Collaborative understands the unique needs of women in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease during the reproductive years.

The team of specialists in the collaborative’s Multidisciplinary Obstetric Medicine Service (MOMS) cares for women who are planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or postpartum. They are also experienced in treating women with cardiovascular issues who would like preconception counseling

Please call 401-793-7410 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Dawn Abbott, MD

Younger Women Have Increasing Risk for Heart Problems

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women, but it can manifest differently depending on gender. In a recent WJAR interview, J. Dawn Abbott, MD, the director of the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, highlighted how women's symptoms can be much more subtle and easily overlooked.

Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

Symptoms in women are far more subtle than those in men. It is important to talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have about your cardiac health.

Meet Dr. Athena Poppas

Athena Poppas, MD, director of the Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute, discusses her research and clinical work to help women who have heart problems during pregnancy.

Specialized Care for Women

Women's Medicine Collaborative at Lifespan provides multidisciplinary, patient-centered, personalized care to meet the unique health needs of women at all stages of life.