Dr. Padegimas grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut. She attended Yale University where she majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She attended medical school in St. Louis at Washington University School of Medicine. She returned to the east coast to complete an Internal Medicine residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She remained there to do her Cardiovascular fellowship, serve as chief fellow, and complete additional fellowships in Cardio-Oncology and Advanced Echocardiography.
She shares, “I enjoy cardiology because it is a field that provides varied approaches to improving patient symptoms and survival. The heart is vitally important, not only to ensuring that people feel their best and most energetic selves, but also that they are around to enjoy life’s precious moments with their families. Heart disease also affects everyone – all races, ages, incomes, and genders, and I enjoy getting to work with a diverse patient population.”
Dr. Padegimas provides care across the cardiology spectrum. She has a special interest in
cardio-oncology. Cardio-oncology is a growing field that allows us to protect patients’ cardiovascular health so that they are able to complete aggressive chemotherapy without having their cancer treatments limited by cardiac toxicities, and also helps cancer survivors remain healthy long into their follow-up.
She also has an interest in general cardiovascular disease in women. She believes that while there are some similarities between women’s and men’s general cardiovascular disease processes, there are also some very marked differences.