Meet Dr. Monika Sanghavi
Women’s Heart Specialist in Dallas
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, but many women don’t realize they’re at risk. Women’s heart specialist Monika Sanghavi, M.D., wants to help her patients understand their risk so they can prevent it.
“Women should know that in addition to traditional cardiac risk factors, there are additional factors that increase a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease, including pregnancy complications, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, and radiation therapy for breast cancer,” she says. “I can help.”
While Dr. Sanghavi focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention, as a clinical cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center she also treats issues such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, and valve disorders.
Her areas of specialty include risk assessment and management for high-risk women and pregnancy and heart disease.
Dr. Sanghavi’s passion for caring for women, and in particular her interest in pregnancy and heart disease, stems from a personal experience. A friend developed gestational hypertension that resolved after pregnancy, and she wanted to know if she was at higher risk for heart disease.
Dr. Sanghavi researched the topic and realized how much pregnancy affects the heart and pregnancy complications can tell us about a woman’s risk of heart disease.
She continues to research the topic, and she recently published a paper detailing how the number of children women have can affect their future risk of heart disease.
“Women who develop a gestational complication that returns to normal after their pregnancy are at higher risk for heart disease in the future and should seek regular care by a physician who understands the risk and can monitor them long-term,” Dr. Sanghavi says.