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Women's Heart Health Program

Center for Heart Health

Specialized Cardiac Care for Women

At the Center for Heart Health we are experts in caring for women’s unique cardiovascular health needs.

Our Women’s Heart Health Program, in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of heart conditions specific to women. The program is led by Dr. Whitney Coppolino of Cardiology at Pease.

Men and women experience heart disease in different ways, so it’s important to work with a care team that is familiar with treating women.

Whether your condition is simple or complex, we’re here to develop a plan that is right for you – so you can live a happy, heart-healthy life. 

For more information, contact Cardiology at Pease at (603) 610-8070. 

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

From the American Heart Association: 

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

Tips to Lead a Heart Healthy Life

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Yet, according to the American Heart Association, only 1 in 5 women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat. 

The good news is that heart disease is preventable. While genetics does play a role, new research indicates it is a much smaller factor than previously thought. Positive lifestyle changes can drastically improve your heart health. Following the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” is a great place to start.

  1. Manage Your Blood Pressure 
  2. Control Your Cholesterol
  3. Reduce Blood Sugar
  4. Get Active
  5. East a Healthy Diet
  6. Lose Weight – if you need to
  7. Quit Smoking

Read more “Cardiac Care: Life’s Simple 7 for Improving Women’s Heart Health”

Contact Us

For more information, contact Cardiology at Pease at (603) 610-8070. 



Whitney Coppolino, MD

Wentworth Health Partners Cardiology at Pease

Portsmouth, NH 03801

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