Cardiology: Women's Cardiovascular Program

UF Health Women's Cardiovascular Program – Jacksonville

Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States. However, for more than two decades, more women than men have died of heart disease annually. One of the principal challenges is that the symptoms of heart disease in women can be very different from symptoms in men.

Because of this, the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville features a program to specifically address the heart health needs of women. Led by Dr. Gladys Velarde, the Women's Cardiovascular Program offers specialized care based on the unique needs of women. Using the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatments available, the University of Florida cardiologists in the Women's Cardiovascular Program work together to improve the quality of life for their patients. Services are offered on Jacksonville's Southside at UF Health Cardiology – Emerson.

Video: Women's Cardiovascular Program

Women Get Heart Disease Too

Many people think of heart disease as a man's problem. The reality is that one in four women dies of heart disease in the U.S. each year. Although there has been improvement in the overall mortality from heart disease in the U.S., most of the benefits have been derived from significant improvements in mortality in men. When affected, women tend to have more complications, more heart failure, depression, and more rehospitalizations with recurrent symptoms. Despite this reality, less than 25 percent of heart research applies directly to women.

The most common type of heart disease is known as coronary artery disease (CAD), a condition in which the arteries become hard and narrow, making it difficult for the heart to get a sufficient blood supply. CAD is the leading cause of heart attacks, and while both men and women have heart attacks, more women die from them.

Know The Signs

Women are less likely to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and seek treatment right away. The most common symptoms of heart attack in women are:

  • Burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen
  • Cold sweats
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms - discomfort may be described as pressure, ache or tightness, and may come and go
  • Pain or pressure in the back or upper chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Weakness

It is important to recognize new symptoms right away and If you think you are having a heart attack, have someone take you to the hospital or call 911 immediately. Do not wait to see if your symptoms go away.


The University of Florida cardiologists in the UF Health Women's Cardiovascular Program – Jacksonville provide women with heart care that is focused on their highly specialized needs.

Services include:

In addition, as participants in an academic health system, qualifying patients may be able to enroll in various clinical trials designed to answer many of the questions being investigated in this important field.

If you are in need of a personalized approach to heart care, do not hesitate to call or visit our program.


  • Gladys P. Velarde, M.D., FACC
    Associate Professor
    Medical Director, Cardiovascular Women's Heart Program; Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
    Specializes in Cardiovascular Disease


  1. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Emerson

    Suite 120
    4555 Emerson Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32207

  2. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville

    5th Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
    655 West 8th Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32209

  3. UF Health Cardiovascular Center – North

    Suite 3600
    15255 Max Leggett Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32218