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Women’s Cardiology in Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles Area

Dr. Cynthia Thaik is a Harvard-trained holistic cardiologist and functional medicine doctor who has been providing whole person healthcare to residents of Burbank and the greater Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. Widely recognized as one the best Los Angeles heart specialists, she focuses on the very best elements of modern and traditional medicine to provide comprehensive healthcare. She is dedicated to diagnosing, managing and preventing diseases, conditions, and heart and cardiovascular system disorders.

Why Heart Care for Women is Important

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. According to the CDC, over 60 million women (44%) in the United States are living with some form of heart disease. In 2021, it was responsible for the deaths of 310,661 women—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths.

Although it may seem like more men die from heart disease, the truth is the numbers are roughly the same for women and men. Sadly many women are not aware of their risk for heart disease.

Women often experience heart disease differently than men. While common symptoms of a cardiac episode for men may include chest and arm pains, shortness of breath and dizziness, women’s symptoms are often more subtle. These could include pain in the abdomen, back or jaw, fatigue, persistent coughing or wheezing, swelling in the feet and ankles, nausea and sweating. Some women also experience a sense of anxiety, dread or impending doom. What’s even scarier is that two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary disease have no previous symptoms.

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Why You May Choose A Female Cardiologist

There are many reasons why a patient may choose to see a female practitioner. Some patients find it easier to open up to a female doctor, particularly when it comes to sharing family history and discussing sensitive subjects. There is a common belief that women are better listeners, and therefore female doctors take more time to understand and empathize with patients. Being able to candidly speak with your doctor about your concerns, health goals, and symptoms is crucial, particularly when it comes to heart health. For other patients, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Whatever your reason for seeking a female cardiologist nearby, you deserve to find a doctor who is the best match for you. An experienced, board-certified local cardiologist such as Dr. Cynthia Thaik MD, will not only provide comprehensive care, but also establish a rapport that is the foundation of a productive doctor-patient relationship.

Women’s Heart Assessments

As a female cardiologist serving Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Cynthia Thaik has a wealth of experience working with women and heart health. She listens to her patients and asks questions about lifestyle, environmental exposures and genetic influences and she takes into account risk factors including diet, cholesterol levels, stress and even past heart failure. Your initial heart assessment could also include an echocardiogram, heart stress test cardiac nuclear imaging or cardiac event monitoring.

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Integrative Women’s Cardiology Program

Through her breadth of experience Dr. Thaik is equipped to help with all kinds of health problems including chest pain, high blood pressure and irregular heart rhythm. Her comprehensive cardiology program for women includes a complete line of cardiology services including consultation, diagnostic cardiovascular testing with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and therapy. As a holistic cardiologist, she is also dedicated to healing the person rather than the ailment, so she provides preventative care that ranges from traditional and naturopathic remedies as well as wellness training in areas such as nutrition, weight loss, lifestyle management and mindfulness.