Neil and Jane Golub Breast & Heart Health Center
Ellis Medicine’s Women & Heart Disease Program opened its doors to patients in January. Since then, more than 200 women have been screened and educated on the risk factors for heart disease. Neil and Jane Golub feel so strongly about the importance of this program that Jane was one of the first patients to be screened.
Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with more women than men dying of heart disease each year. However, many women are not aware of their risk factors for heart disease. Ellis Medicine’s Women & Heart Disease Program aims to educate and prevent cardiovascular disease in women.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
This comprehensive program supports a “one-stop-shop” model where women can get their annual mammogram and a cardiac screening during their same scheduled visit. Cardiac screening tests are used to diagnose very early signs of heart trouble so that actions can be taken to prevent serious problems from occurring in the future.
This is typically done on the basis of risk assessment tools which account for age, body mass index, family history, smoking history and other related risk factors, such as diabetes and hypertension.
Andalib Nawab, M.D., Medical Director of Ellis’ Women & Heart Disease Program, stresses the importance of knowing the wide-ranging symptoms that women may experience with heart disease: “When we think of a heart attack, we typically think of classic symptoms like chest pain radiating to your arms and jaws. In reality, women present more atypical symptoms, such as unusual fatigue, severe heart burn, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness.Because of this, patients and healthcare providers need to become familiar with these symptoms and be able to give and receive early, appropriate care.”
THROUGH THE WOMEN & HEART DISEASE PROGRAM, A PATIENT WILL:
complete an evaluation to assess her risk for heart disease, and provide personal and family history, at a single location;
receive results from her risk assessment by the end of the appointment;
have results sent to her primary care physician with recommendations on reducing her heart disease risk;
be referred to specialists (e.g., cardiologist, nutritionist, diabetes educator), only if applicable, for further evaluation and/or treatment.
Screenings for the program cost $25 and can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 518.243.3333.
“The good news is that heart disease is often preventable if women make the right choices including a proper diet, exercise, reducing stress and no smoking,” Dr. Nawab adds. “For those who already have heart disease, the sooner it’s detected, the more treatable it is which makes screening paramount.”
HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS FOR WOMEN
Chest pain, pressure
Dizziness and light-headedness
Shortness of breath
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in American women.
More women than men die of heart disease each year.
Almost two-thirds of the women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.
* from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention & American Heart Association
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