Specialized Expertise Just for Women’s Hearts

At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, we know that women have unique heart health needs and that cardiovascular disease can show up differently in women than in men. Often, signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women differ from those in men. Research shows that understanding how to recognize and treat cardiac conditions in female patients results in better outcomes.

Most importantly, we know that having a dedicated cardiologist and team who understand the uniqueness of women's heart care is essential. Learn more about how we’ll care for your heart at our women’s heart center on our Shawnee Mission campus or at one of our multiple clinics across the Kansas City metro.

Women’s Cardiac Care for a Lifetime

Your heart is an essential part of your life, and we want to maximize care for you and your heart through all of life’s stages. Whether you’re facing issues as diverse as syncope or palpitations as a young woman, cardiac symptoms during pregnancy (which could be normal or signs of a struggling heart) or later in life during menopause and beyond, we’re here to care for you wholeheartedly.

4 items. To interact with these items, press Control-Option-Shift-Right Arrow
Michelle Dew, MD, FACC

Leading the Way in Women's Heart Care

Michelle L. Dew, MD
Medical Director, AdventHealth Women’s Heart Care Program

Dr. Michelle Dew is an award-winning cardiologist with expertise in women's cardiac issues, men's cardiac care and general cardiac care. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has received numerous honors, including being named a Top Doctor in Kansas City in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Meet Our Cardiologists Focusing on
Female Cardiac Health

19 items. To interact with these items, press Control-Option-Shift-Right Arrow.

Advancing Heart Care With the
American Heart Association

At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, we're paving the way for better heart health for women in the Kansas City metro area. For almost a decade, we've sponsored the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women® campaign, which empowers women to own their heart health. This initiative harnesses women's energy, passion and power to band together and wipe out heart disease. Through Go Red for Women®, more women are challenged to know their heart disease risk and reduce it with the right tools to lead a heart-healthy life.

*AdventHealth is a proud local sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Kansas City’s Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Answering Your Heart Health Questions

Our hearts are synonymous with life, and we want to take the best care of them for our whole lives. We’ll partner with you on your journey to better cardiac health. If you’ve got questions, we’re here to answer them.

5 items. To interact with these items, press Control-Option-Shift-Right Arrow
  • Question: What are the warning signs of a heart attack in women?


    The warning signs of a heart attack in women vary and may differ from those commonly associated with men. Here are some possible warning signs specific to women:

    Continue Reading
    • Chest discomfort or pain: can be described as a squeezing, pressure or fullness in the center of the chest that may last for a few minutes or come and go
    • Pain in other upper body areas: women may experience discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, stomach or abdomen
    • Shortness of breath: feeling breathless or having abnormal difficulty breathing, especially with exercise, possibly accompanying chest discomfort
    • Fatigue: unusual fatigue or exhaustion, with minimal physical exertion or even at rest
    • Nausea or vomiting: some women may experience nausea, indigestion or vomiting as a heart attack symptom
    • Sweating: unexplained cold sweats or perspiration unrelated to exertion or ambient temperature
    • Lightheadedness or dizziness: feeling lightheaded, dizzy or faint can be a warning sign

    It's important to note that symptoms vary, and some women may experience typical, atypical or less pronounced symptoms during a heart attack.

    Collapse Answer
  • Question: How is women's heart care different from men's heart care?


    Physicians must recognize gender-based heart differences for tailored treatment due to distinct symptoms and needs in women and men.

    Show more

    The medical director of AdventHealth's Women's Heart Care program, Dr. Michelle Dew, has been particularly interested in women's health for many years, receiving a grant from the FDA in 2004/2005 looking at discrepancies between nuclear cardiac stress testing and cardiac catheterization in female patients at the University of Arizona during her cardiology fellowship.

    Taking the time to listen to a patient's symptoms can guide recommendations for treatments. Dr. Dew has received a "Best Doctor in Kansas City" recognition for 3 years running.

    Show less
  • Question: What does having cancer have to do with my heart?


    As if having the diagnosis of cancer were not enough, the treatments that we use to combat cancer have the potential to have deleterious side effects on the heart.

    There can be immediate side effects which are more rare and side effects that can occur up to several years after treatment. All parts of the heart have the potential to be affected including the valves, electrical system, coronary arteries and the actual pumping function of the heart. Your Oncologist is very aware of these potential side effects and sometimes will involve one of our cardiologists to help manage your care. Thankfully, we know that cancer of the heart itself is very rare. AdventHealth has several cardiologists who have a special interest in Cardio-Oncology.

  • Question: What can I expect at my first appointment?


    Your experience will vary depending on the reason for your visit and because diagnosing and recommending treatment for a heart condition is a personalized process. Your first visit will include a detailed cardiac history with a provider experienced in evaluating the subtleties present in many women with cardiovascular disease.

    We will review your intake form, perform a physical exam and review any prior cardiac evaluation records.

    Afterward, we’ll create a collaborative, personalized treatment plan. This could include further testing, medications, lifestyle changes, procedures or a referral to other specialties.

    Continue Reading

    We will review your intake form, followed by a physical exam and a review of any prior cardiac evaluation records.

    Afterward, we’ll create a collaborative, personalized treatment plan. This could include further testing, medications, lifestyle changes, procedures or a referral to other specialties.

    Collapse Answer
  • Question: Does AdventHealth offer financial assistance?


    Financial assistance may be available to patients receiving non-elective (emergent) hospital services who are not covered by any form of insurance or government program. Visit this page to learn more about our financial assistance.

Doctor smiling and speaking with a patient

Educating Our Community

Dr. Dew is passionate about education, whether to the individual face-to-face or a group of 500 or more. Taking a complex medical subject apart and breaking it down so that it is easily understandable and accessible to her patients and audience members is so important and one of Dr. Dew’s specialties and favorite things to do. Education is crucial, raising awareness, identifying symptoms, risk factors and empowers patients to take control of their cardiovascular health and helps to influence their family's health as well! Dr. Dew delivers Cardiovascular Health information with a sense of humor and accessibility. There have been many groups in the greater Kansas City area which have enjoyed her presentations.

At the AdventHealth Women’s Heart Care Program, Dr. Dew is here to help bridge the gender gap in heart disease diagnosis and encourage heart-healthy living. If you would like Dr. Dew to speak to your organization in regards to Women’s Cardiac Health, Men’s Cardiac Health, General Cardiac Health/Risk Factors or any Cardiac Health topic not mentioned, click the link below to submit your request and we will reply to you shortly.