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Massachusetts General Hospital

Women have unique conditions and needs when it comes to cardiovascular health but have traditionally been overlooked in medicine. “Historically, women have been treated like small men,” says Nandita Scott, MD, Ellertson Family Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, and Co-Director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. “However, the biology of menses, menopause, and pregnancy, for example, have huge impacts on women’s cardiovascular systems. They can present differently and have unique cardiovascular conditions. Our work is aiming to address those disparities to improve care.”
Nandita Scott, MD
Nandita Scott, MD, Ellertson Family Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine

Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes in Women

Dr. Scott is the Co-Director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, Dr. Scott and her Mass General colleagues are spearheading the groundbreaking Heart Outcomes in Pregnancy Expectations (H.O.P.E) Registry research study, a multidisciplinary collaboration between Cardiology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine that will serve as the first-of-its kind national pregnancy registry that will live at MGH. This work will ultimately inform new standardized cardiovascular patient care protocols throughout the span of their lives, while improving awareness on across the U.S.

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The Cause

Improving Women’s Heart Health to reduce disparities in health outcomes for women.

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The Support

Funding to create Ellertson Family Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine to support the work of Dr. Scott and her colleagues in the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program

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The Impact

Advancing patient care, clinical research, and educational outreach that will ultimately improve women’s cardiovascular health and address rising maternal mortality rates.

Charity In Action

Overview of the Program

Launched in 2007, the pioneering Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital has remained at the forefront of advancing the field of cardiovascular disease in women. Co-Director Dr. Nandita Scott and her colleagues provide compassionate, lifesaving cardiovascular care, and conduct innovative research and educational outreach to patients and cardiologists across the globe to improve the knowledge base regarding a variety of cardiovascular conditions that affect women,

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