Northside’s Maternal Heart Health Clinic educates women about their risk factors and screens them to detect the early development of cardiovascular disease before it progresses.
Preeclampsia poses an immediate and all-too-common threat to pregnancy, but it is also associated with later-life cardiovascular disease in the women it affects.
Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy. It is characterized by a rise in blood pressure, large amounts of protein in the urine and swelling of the hands, feet and face. Its cause is unknown.
The clinic augments Northside’s ongoing commitment of providing expert and comprehensive care for patients with preeclampsia, and is bridging the gap between maternal and cardiac care.
Too often, new mothers do not prioritize themselves and their own health. The Maternal Heart Health Clinic was launched in 2014 to help equip moms take care of themselves, ultimately better equipping them to care for their new children.
An exercise physiologist will discuss with you the importance of exercise and help make a customized exercise plan.
A dietitian will discuss proper nutrition—for moms who are actively breastfeeding, as well as those who are not—and help devise optimal calorie intake plan.
Jaimie Chausmer, FNP-C, program coordinator, will discuss preeclampsia—your risk factors, future pregnancy risk, birth control options and the increased risk of coronary artery disease (heart disease). She will teach you tips to prevent future heart disease and review your medications with you, and she will also schedule you with one of our maternal heart health physician experts if needed.
During the pandemic, all of this is done through virtual visits.
When: Every other Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
980 Johnson Ferry Road, NE, Suite 520, Atlanta, GA 30342
*This is the same as the practice that houses this program, Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Care.
If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with preeclampsia or gestational hypertension, or would just like to speak with someone about your heart health, please call 404-303-3320 to schedule an appointment.