Shut Down the 'Silent Killer'
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 3
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women over the age of 25, in the United States, regardless of race or ethnicity. More than 8 million women are affected by this disease – a statistic that Long Beach Memorial doesn’t take lightly. The Center for Women’s Cardiac Health and Research at Long Beach Memorial focuses on prevention of heart disease, exclusively in women, offering cardiovascular screenings and individualized care plans.
When it comes to the heart, research indicates that women must be approached differently than men. The specialized care team at the Center for Women’s Cardiac Health and Research screens more than 500 women annually. The team’s goal is to help women and their primary care physicians understand and manage heart disease risk factors for women. Women see specialized nurse practitioners who understand the unique differences of heart disease between men and women.
Designed just for women, the center offers comprehensive heart evaluations, focusing on early detection and prevention to improve a woman’s life-long health and well-being. A cardiovascular risk screening designed for women, a vascular screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and a fibrillation screening are available at the Center. Long Beach Memorial urges women to embrace their heart and schedule annual cardiac screenings.
In celebration of National Heart Awareness Month and to bring more awareness to the community, Long Beach Memorial’s Stroke Program and Center for Women’s Cardiac Health and Research are hosting the Women’s Heart and Stroke Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Attendees of the seminar will learn how to manage risk factors, such as high cholesterol, glucose (sugar levels), high-blood pressure, obesity, smoking and lifestyle. Blood pressure, carotid artery ultrasound, cholesterol and blood glucose (non-fasting) screenings will be available. Heart disease and stroke specialists will share the latest information about recognition and treatment of heart disease and stroke specific to women. Register for this event by calling (888) 794-9466.
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