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Helene L. Glassberg

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine

Penn Heart & Vascular Center
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Dr. Glassberg treats a range of cardiovascular diseases and has special interest in preventive cardiology, echocardiography and sports cardiology. She specializes in the prevention of heart disease with a focus on risk assessment, cholesterol management and lifestyle modification. She’s a lecturer for the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology course at the Perelman School of Medicine and also teaches a "Diet and Exercise" class. She has conducted research on the effects of diet and exercise on vascular function.

Awards and/or Certifications:

  • Recognized by America’s Top Doctors 2015 – 2017
  • Recognized in Philadelphia magazine’s May 2018 Top Docs issue
  • American Heart Association Woman of Heart Award 2018-2019
  • Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease, 2000

What’s your background, education and training?

  • Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Boston Medical Center (Formerly Boston City Hospital)
  • Fellowship: Boston Medical Center (Formerly Boston City Hospital)

What advice would you give a patient looking to find a provider in your specialty?

People often feel quite nervous about the notion of having a "heart problem" and having to see a heart specialist, often seen as something ominous. And while it’s true, heart disease is the number one killer in the US, and needs to be taken very seriously, it is also important to recognize that we have made great advances in our evaluation techniques, treatment strategies, and technology in cardiology. It is important for those with heart disease to know that we can usually provide very good treatment options for a variety of heart problems. I tell all my patients to come to the appointment informed as best they can, and ask questions. Understanding your heart problem is much of the battle, as the treatment should be a team effort between you and your cardiologist. And do your homework, and find the right doctor for you. And for those looking for prevention of heart disease, know your numbers (meaning your risk factors, such as cholesterol and blood pressure) as most of these can be very well controlled to avoid heart disease. And lastly, don’t forget the healthy lifestyle - it has huge impact on heart health!

What inspired your passion for your profession?

I am pretty sure that I have always wanted to be in medicine (though as a kid I claimed veterinarian) and at the start of medical school I envisioned myself to be an oncologist. During my CCU rotation as a med student, I cared for a young woman who had a post-partum heart attack, was in critical condition, and ultimately who’s life was saved with an urgent heart transplant. I remember thinking, this is what doctors can do, and the cardiologists that I worked with at the time were incredible role models.

What treatments are you most excited to offer?

I really enjoy seeing patients in the Sports cardiology clinic, where I feel I can enable them to take their health and fitness into their own hands. I am excited to be able to provide concrete exercise advice by offering consultation with our own exercise physiologist, who can perform exercise testing and prescribe a tailored exercise program that is specific to each individual patient. This is so much more effective than “Get a pair of sneakers and join the gym”.

What makes your business stand apart?

I think because I try to really relate to each of my patients in some way, and evaluate and care for each patient as an individual. I try to devise treatment plans that work and suit their needs, not just because an algorithm says to do it. This sometimes requires thinking outside of the box, which I pride myself in doing.

What do clients have to say about you?

“Dr. Glassberg is an excellent cardiologist with a very strong bedside manner. She is knowledgeable and easy to engage with. I wish she was my GP!”

Dr. Glassberg was excellent. Very attentive, provided accurate feedback.”

“Dr. Glassberg is a knowledgeable caring person and a good listener. I am lucky to have her as my cardiologist.”

Insurances Accepted:

Aetna US Healthcare, Amerihealth Caritas, Amerihealth Caritas Medicare, Cigna, Cigna HealthSpring, Clover Health Plan, CVS Health, Devon Health Services (Americare), Gateway Health Plan, Geisinger Health Plan, HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan, HealthPartners, HealthPartners Medicare, HealthSmart, Highmark Blue Shield, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Humana / Choicecare, Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East), Intergroup, Keystone First, Keystone First Medicare, Multiplan, NJ Medicaid, NJ Qualcare, Oxford Health Plan, PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare, PA Medicaid, PA Medicare, Preferred Health Care/LGH, Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA, Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine, Tricare, United Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, US Family Health Plan, Veterans Choice Program

Keywords: Cardiology, Sports cardiology, Cardiovascular disease, Heart & Vascular Research, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology

Special expertise

Atrial Fibrillation, Angina, Echocardiography, Women’s Health


Top Doctors: 2018


Primary Hospital: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine