Women's Heart Wellness Center

Specializing in cardiac care for women.

Recognizing the prevalence of heart disease in women, The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) opened a Women’s Heart Wellness Center in 2013 under the direction of Heather Swales, M.D., FACC. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, personalized and compassionate care to women at risk for, and those living with, heart disease. During a patient’s initial visit to the center with a board-certified cardiologist, she will receive a gender-specific risk factor screening to address cardiac risk factors specific to women, symptom assessment and a physical exam with a personalized management plan. The Women’s Heart Wellness Center places a strong emphasis on patient education and wellness. A physician referral is not necessary.

Full spectrum of services available through the Department of Cardiology

The Women’s Heart Wellness Center is among several HOCC heart-related services aimed at heart disease prevention, testing, treatment and rehabilitation. Cardiac specialists use the latest technology and techniques to diagnose and treat various forms of cardiovascular disease. Our care is delivered by board-certified cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac nurses, technologists, technicians and other specially trained professionals.

Department of Cardiology services include:

  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • 24-hour and 30-day heart rhythm monitoring
  • Ankle brachial index measurement
  • Arrhythmia management
  • Blood pressure/hypertension management
  • Cardiac catheterization/angiograms
  • Cardiac rehabilitation program
  • Cardiovascular disease assessment and management
  • Cardiovascular risk assessment/screening
  • Cholesterol/hyperlipidemia management
  • Congenital heart disease management
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Exercise treadmill testing
  • Heart Failure Resource Center focusing on disease education, management
  • Nuclear stress testing, including cardiac PET
  • Pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator implantation and testing
  • Peripheral vascular disease management
  • Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, including stress echocardiograms

Support for women with heart disease

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is proud to offer WomenHeart of Central Connecticut, a peer-led support group open to women living with heart disease. The support group focuses on patient education, support and advocacy. WomenHeart is a national coalition that serves 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease. HOCC’s support group meetings are held monthly at its Bradley Memorial campus in Southington. To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE.

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