St. Mary's Medical Center | Huntington, WV | (304) 526-1234

Women’s Heart Program

Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the leading health threat to American women over the age of 40, and claims the lives of more females each year than all forms of cancer combined.

Before the day is complete, twelve women in West Virginia will die from Cardiovascular disease. It is a troubling statistic offered by the American Heart Association - and one the cardiac experts at the Regional Heart Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center are taking seriously.

Recent medical research has proved that women's hearts are different when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of heart problems. While many programs and much time are devoted for men suffering from cardiovascular disease, there has been a disparity in the amount of time and energy spent educating women about their No. 1 killer - heart disease.

Recognizing the importance of addressing this major health issue, The Women's Heart Program at St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute offers a comprehensive cardiac education program designed specifically for women. This program provides prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services for women who have know or suspected disease.

Women's Heart Program Offerings

  • Risk factor screenings and heart disease risk assessments
  • Education
  • Lifestyle modification and medications, when needed
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic procedures

Following your consultation, you will be instructed in healthy lifestyle changes by our multi-disciplinary professional staff (Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, dieticians, exercise physiologist, diabetic counselor)

Depending on your unique needs, referrals/recommendations may include the following:

  • Stress management techniques
  • Smoke cessation program
  • Exercise prescription
  • Diet plan
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Complementary medicine programs/services

Heart Healthy Tips

  • Stop smoking
  • Stay physically active
  • Keep your diet low in fat
  • Know your cholesterol levels
  • Know your blood pressure
  • Control diabetes
  • Have regular "Women's Heart Checks" and encourage all the women in your life to have them too

Meet our Program Director


Paulette S. Wehner, MD, FACC, FCCP, FACP

St. Mary's Regional Heart Institute, Women's Heart Program Director
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Program Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Director


For more information

Call the Women's Heart Program at (304) 526-6029.