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Women's Heart Center

As a woman, you have risk factors and lifestyle concerns that uniquely affect your odds of developing heart disease. At the Women’s Heart Center at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), our cardiologists work closely with you to identify your individual heart risks. We’re known for our expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating heart disease in women.

Women’s heart services at Allegheny Health Network: why choose us?

Our heart specialists provide you with a multitude of dedicated, women-centered heart health services, including:

Specialized cardiac care for life events

Hormones like estrogen greatly affect your heart disease risk. We monitor your heart health throughout critical life events, including:

  • Pregnancy: We expertly diagnose and treat pregnancy-related heart conditions, including preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders), and peripartum cardiomyopathy (heart failure that occurs toward the end of pregnancy or after childbirth). We work with your OB-GYN and high-risk pregnancy physicians to safeguard your heart during and after pregnancy. Learn more about our pregnancy and newborn care.
  • Menopause: Our cardiologists carefully monitor the use of hormone replacement therapy to help manage menopause symptoms. We collaborate with your gynecologist to make you comfortable during this life transition while minimizing your chances of hormone-induced heart problems. Learn more about gynecologic care.

Cardio-oncology care

Certain cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation to the chest for breast cancer, increase a woman’s risk of heart failure and arrhythmia. We coordinate care with your oncologist to lower your risk of cancer treatment side effects that contribute to heart damage caused by cardiotoxicity.

Expert diagnosis of heart disease in women

AHN was among the first centers in the country to use cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) to detect heart disease in women. This imaging test complements tools such as cardiac catheterization and stress testing that detect early signs of coronary artery disease in women.

Comprehensive treatments

The Women’s Heart Center is part of AHN’s Cardiovascular Institute. As a national leader in cardiac care, the Cardiovascular Institute offers the latest heart treatments, including novel therapies available only in clinical trials. Our researchers are dedicated to discovering new diagnostic methods and treatments for heart disease. Learn more about our women’s heart services.

Support services

Women experiencing heart problems or recovering from cardiac procedures have access to a variety of support services. These programs include cardiac rehabilitation, heart failure clinics, integrative medicine programs, and palliative care.  Learn more about our support services

Women’s Heart Care Locations

AHN cardiologists provide dedicated women’s heart services at the following locations:

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AHN Doctor Parminder Sharma
Parminder K Sharma, MD
Monroeville, PA
AHN Doctor Steven Czak
Steven J Czak, DO
Jefferson Hills, PA
AHN Doctor Indu Poornima
Indu G Poornima, MD
Pittsburgh, PA

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*For Women’s Health services in the Erie region, visit our Erie Locations pages or Find a Doctor near you.