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unusual tiredness, anxiety and loss of appetite might sound like symptoms of
hormone changes or getting older but could actually be signs of heart disease,
the leading cause of death for women.
Most people often think of heart disease as a man’s disease,
but heart attacks affect more women than men and they are
often more severe in women. Because women experience heart disease differently than
men, at Avista Adventist Hospital, we believe treatment should be different as
Our cardiology specialists are experts in providing
female-focused heart care. We understand the unique signs and symptoms for
women, which is why we provide women of all ages with prevention, early
detection and treatment. Plus, we offer women the expertise of a female
cardiologist – one of only a few in Denver.
Our cardiologists offer women a wide range of diagnostics, customized
treatments, non-invasive procedures and endovascular interventions – such as
stents, balloons and laser technology - to treat blockages of the arteries.
CHPG Heart and Vascular – Church RanchPhone: 303-925-4055Fax: 303-925-4056
7233 Church Ranch Blvd.Westminster, CO 80021
Meet Monica Gressianu, MD
leading-edge heart care will find both a specialist and an advocate in Monica Gressianu, MD. Board
certified in Cardiology and Echocardiography, Dr. Gressianu is keenly aware of how heart disease
affects women differently than men, and how often signs of heart attack are
ignored in women as a result.
get the facts—and care—is the heart of her healing mission, “Our body shapes,
our physiologies, our hormones—all of these are factors in experiencing
atypical heart symptoms. We respond differently to many therapies; and, during
menopause, our entire body and physiology changes. Our risk of heart disease
rises. And, unfortunately, at a time when they need it most, many women don’t seek
out physicians who can help. “Listening is something I do very well. I want to
know the symptoms my patient is having, but I also want to know about her life
and what she might be going through. My approach is very non-judgmental, and if
a woman wants to do more than conventional care, I’m open to that because we
are partners in the care plan. I’m also a big believer in prevention and
building confidence in self-care. Helping patients understand the need for
exercise, providing advice on nutrition and supplements, managing high blood
pressure and cholesterol—those steps can help prevent catastrophic events.”
Prior to joining
CHPG Heart and Vascular – Church Ranch, Dr. Gressianu was in private practice
in New Jersey, where she was the frequent recipient of patient care awards. She
is a native of Romania and earned her medical degree at the Institute of
Medicine and Pharmacy of Bucharest. Later, she relocated to the United States
and completed her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ.
Women’s symptoms of heart disease are often more subtle than men’s and may be overlooked as a result. Although women may experience the traditional heart attack symptoms of chest pain or a sharp pain that spreads to the shoulder, neck or arms; it’s also extremely common for women to report
symptoms that could be mistaken for the flu such as:
If you experience these symptoms, it is important to call 911
or your doctor, especially if these are new symptoms or if they have become
more frequent or severe.
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