Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center located? 

We are located in Beaumont, Royal Oak in the Beaumont Heart Center near the east entrance. Patients should register at the east registration desk.

Where should I park?

We recommend parking near and entering through the east entrance.

What do I do once I receive the results?

When you receive the results of your heart risk assessment, you will also receive recommendations for your heart health based on your answers.

What can I expect on my first visit?

On your first visit to the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center, you can expect a complete cardiac evaluation as well as possible lab work such as blood tests, a stress test or cardiac imaging as necessary.

How long will my first appointment take?

Because we do a comprehensive exam, you should plan on at least one to two hours.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to get an appointment at the Women's Heart Center?

A referral is necessary only if your insurance requires it.

What should I wear/not wear to a stress test?

For a stress test, wear comfortable clothing for walking on a treadmill and flat-soled shoes, such as athletic shoes.

Can women of all ages come to the heart center, or is it strictly for women at high risk?

The Ministrelli Women's Heart Center is a primary screening program and welcomes all women over age 18. We are here for any woman who has risk factors for heart disease, existing heart problems or symptoms that she wishes to be evaluated.

Are women at higher risk for heart disease than men?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and men. In recent years, incidents of heart disease in men have gone down, while in women, incidents have gone up.

When should I become concerned about heart disease?

Screening for cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors should begin in early adolescence, and evaluated periodically since factors change as we age.

My mother had a heart attack. Does that mean I will, too?

With heart disease, family history plays a role. If your mother had a heart attack before she was 65, you are at an increased risk and should be screened for heart disease regularly.