Malissa Wood, MD, a Mass General cardiologist, explains how the symptoms of heart attack are different in women than in men.

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Minehan Women’s Heart Health Program at the Mass General Heart Center, describes the heart attack symptoms that are unique to women and why treatment of heart disease should be gender-specific.

malissa woodDr. Malissa Wood’s current clinical activities include co-directing the Women’s Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, serving as director of the Corrigan Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease in Women and working as an echocardiographer in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Mass General. In order to improve the care of women and the understanding of cardiovascular disease in women, Dr. Wood and her colleagues designed and implemented the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program in 2007. This clinical model includes the development of individualized care plans for women at risk for or who are suffering from cardiovascular disease. The model also includes development of research and educational components to better understand these conditions and share this information with practicing physicians.