Ending Heart Disease

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, women are dying of heart disease at a faster rate than men. This is largely because, until now, heart research and care has focused on men’s anatomy and the conditions that affect them.

With your generosity, we can launch the Women’s Heart Health Initiative to catalyze a new era in cardiology, significantly reducing heart disease for the first time in decades — for everyone.

Will you join us in taking a new path to ending heart disease?

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Your Impact

The Women’s Heart Health Initiative will enable our specialists to combine their clinical expertise with the latest research to make game-changing advances in women’s heart health care.

Here’s just a glimpse of what your support can make possible:

Updated and renovated clinical spaces that can serve more patients.

State-of-the-art diagnostic and telemedicine equipment and training.

Gender-specific research that can lead to breakthroughs in treating women’s heart conditions.

Better access to high-quality, culturally responsive care — including social workers, mental health experts and registered dieticians — for women from underserved communities.

Investing in Cardiovascular
Research, Care and Education

Your partnership helps us move heart health forward by fast-tracking promising research, providing care targeted for women and training the next generation of specialists to understand the unique needs of women with heart disease.

When you give to women’s heart health at UW Medicine, you support:


For decades, heart research has focused mainly on men and the cardiovascular conditions that affect them. This new initiative would help our cardiologists work with researchers and clinicians to better understand how heart failure and coronary artery disease uniquely affect women — and develop treatments designed for them.


Our specialists work in multidisciplinary teams to care for patients with heart disease to improve outcomes for our patients throughout their lives. For example, in our high-risk pregnancy program, teams consisting of a maternal-fetal-medicine expert, a cardiologist and an anesthesiologist work together to offer specialized care through pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond.


We are committed to equity and increasing access to high-quality, culturally responsive cardiac care for women. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed innovative approaches to care for patients with complex cardiovascular disease, and the Women’s Heart Health Initiative will leverage these new systems to provide accessible, multidisciplinary care for women.


Join Us

The Women’s Heart Health Initiative will bring inclusive, high-quality care to women across our region — and build a strong foundation for the groundbreaking advances in research and treatment that will lead to a new era of cardiology. But we can’t do it without your bold and courageous support. Will you join us?

You can also partner with us in these other critical areas:

Cardiology Research Fund

This fund supports cardiovascular research in the Division of Cardiology.

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UWMC Heart Institute Support Fund

Caring for our patients and for the health of our community is a tremendously important part of our work. This fund supports heart programs at UW Medical Center (UWMC) at the discretion of the executive director.

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