Heart disease affects women at every stage of life. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of heart disease in women here: , and read more below about seven women whose lives have been changed at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, thanks to major advances in technology and research. In this video, meet Donna Marriott, whose daughter had heart surgery as a baby; the four Fearrington sisters, who each have dilated cardiomyopathy; Joanna Zimmerman who was able to have a second daughter after surgery for serious valve disease; and Susan Bender, who had no family history of heart disease but discovered a major blockage that required a stent — not long after the death of her mother.
These women and many others are benefiting from the care provided by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which has a long-standing history of commitment to cardiovascular care and research. MedStar Washington Hospital Center physicians pioneered advanced heart failure technology called ventricular assist devices (which is benefiting one of the Fearrington sisters) as well as the TAVR procedure for valve replacements and the WATCHMAN Device for atrial fibrillation (A-fib). In June 2016, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute will open the doors to the first dedicated Heart & Vascular Hospital in the nation's capital — located on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. With all cardiovascular care in one location, MedStar Heart will continue its commitment to transforming cardiovascular care for all men and women in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region.
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute physicians interviewed in this video include Dr. Susan Bennett, cardiologist, Dr. Maria Rodrigo, heart failure specialist, and Dr. Marty Bell Fischer, cardiac electrophysiologist.