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Heart Teams for Women’s Heart Health: Advancing Cardiovascular Prevention and Care for Women

  • Thais CoutinhoEmail author
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Abstract

Heart Teams consist of multidisciplinary teams of healthcare providers working collaboratively in the decision-making process to determine the best management strategies for individual patients. The issues affecting the field of women’s cardiovascular health are distinctly different from those being addressed by current Heart Teams, as providers working in this field are faced with a relative paucity of scientific data to drive clinical decisions, in addition to low levels of awareness and education about the unique aspects of cardiovascular disease in women. In order to overcome existing obstacles and improve research, knowledge, and practice of cardiovascular health in women, healthcare institutions need to bring these issues into the core of their priorities and strategic planning. This can be accomplished by the creation of a multidisciplinary Women’s Heart Health Team. By centralizing women’s cardiovascular health issues, healthcare centers will have the ability to change institutional culture, promote dissemination of knowledge, motivate staff engagement, develop necessary internal policies, and ultimately improve the quality and efficiency of cardiovascular prevention and care for women.

Keywords

Women Sex Gender Cardiovascular Health Heart Team Team Heart Vascular 

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  1. 1.University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Department of CardiologyOttawaCanada

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