Women's Heart Program
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The Women's Heart Program at UR Medicine

Upstate New York's only heart program for women

A woman's heart is different. Not just when it comes to life — but when it comes to heart disease.

As a woman, you have different symptoms, risk factors, and needs. So you require a different kind of care. That's why we developed the UR Medicine Women's Heart Program.

Give yourself the care you deserve.

Our mission at the Women's Heart Program is to improve the cardiovascular health of women. Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in US women. We offer comprehensive care, including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart and vascular disease.

Our services include:

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Treatment of all cardiovascular conditions

Our multidisciplinary heart and vascular team.

The women's heart program is led by eight women doctors and supported by over 70 cardiologist and surgeons, from the region's leader in heart health, UR Medicine. Our doctors specialize in providing the unique care that women need to stay healthy.

Women's Heart Program Team


  • Kathleen Raman, M.D., M.P.H., Vascular Surgeon, Co-Director
  • Rebecca Schallek, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiologist, Co-Director
  • Jennifer Ellis, M.D., Vascular Surgeon
  • Hanna Mieszczanska, M.D., Cardiologist
  • Renee Muchnik, M.D., Cardiologist
  • Mary Pudusseri, M.B.B.S., Cardiologist
  • Himabindu Vidula, M.D., Heart Failure Cardiologist


Becky Schallek, M.D., Cardiologist, Co-Director

"The interdisciplinary communication and approach really make this a unique program where specialists are able to work closely with others on a regular basis. In this way, we also learn more from each other."

Kathy Raman, M.D., M.P.H., Vascular Surgeon, Co-Director

"Our program offers a distinctive approach to patient care that involves a team of highly skilled practitioners from many fields that specializes in women's heart care. We are trained to understand the unique characteristics of women's heart and vascular conditions. Together, we provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment to our patients."

Becky Schallek, M.D., Cardiologist, Co-Director

"I think we need increased awareness for women — both among patients and providers. We are being advocates for people who might not know they need it."

Kathy Raman, M.D., M.P.H., Vascular Surgeon, Co-Director

"Because there are differences in the way men and women present with heart disease, it is important to have specialists fluent in diagnosing and treating female patients. Studies have shown that women's outcomes for heart and vascular disease are different than men's because women have different risks, lifestyle factors, and biology."

Women's Hearts are Different

Designed to take care of women in all stages of life

Our Partners

Women’s hearts are different, and they need a different kind of care. And throughout your life, your needs may change. The Women’s Heart Program is designed to take care of women in all stages of life. That’s why we collaborate with programs like Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Weight Management and Lifestyle Center.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Women’s Heart Program collaborates with Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) to help women with heart disease have safe and healthy pregnancies, by optimizing medication and care. MFM offers various services to address the unique needs of pregnant women with heart disease, such as genetics services, which can assess the risk of passing on cardiac disease to the fetus. MFM can also help women who are not interested in pregnancy, by exploring contraceptive options that are safer for the heart.

Weight Management & Lifestyle Center

Practicing good nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of women's heart disease. The Women’s Heart Program has worked with the Weight Management & Lifestyle Center at Highland Hospital to develop heart healthy diets that can help prevent heart disease, and treat women diagnosed with heart disease. Our programs incorporate a whole-food, plant-based diet—which research shows can have a significant benefit in reducing the risk of heart attacks.


Women's Symptoms are Different

How to know if you need a heart and vascular specialist

Women should seek medical help if they have:

  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Pressure or pain that comes and goes
  • Breathlessness with exertion
  • Sweating
  • Increasing fatigue
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Decreased stamina for no clear reason
  • Pain in the jaw, arm, or back
  • Nausea


Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men.

The symptoms of heart attack can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood — even by some physicians.

Fewer women than men survive their first heart attack.

Learn more about the Women's Heart Program at UR Medicine