Taking the life of one woman every minute, heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in America. Unfortunately, most women put their own needs behind the needs of their families, rarely considering the risks and dangers of this devastating disease. To address such widespread lack of awareness, The Main Line Health Heart Center has announced the launch of its Women’s Heart Initiative, a one-of-a-kind team of physicians and clinical staff in southeast Pennsylvania, designed specifically to empower women in taking charge of their cardiovascular health. Unlike other women’s cardiovascular initiatives, the Women’s Heart Initiative features a unique difference – it includes focused, highly structured medical training for both physicians and nurses that will help them recognize and assess the often overlooked disease. In this way, it is slated to become a leading resource not only for women, but also for clinicians who aim to further their understanding of cardiovascular disease and how it affects women. Providing specialized attention and healthcare, the Women’s Heart Initiative educates women and their physicians to talk openly about the warning signs of heart disease. The Initiative provides continuing education, wellness outreach, risk assessment and physician referrals for all women. Offering health screenings, workshops and other heart healthy events, the Initiative includes a team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and other highly trained healthcare professionals dedicated to delivering superlative care and understanding the distinct needs of women. Women experience heart disease warning signs differently than men, and, as a result, are often diagnosed when the disease is in an advanced stage. “Although heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in our country, women often ignore the warning signs of a heart attack because they frequently differ from the symptoms experienced by men,” said Dr. Maribel Hernandez, co-director of the Women’s Heart Initiative. “We created the Heart Initiative to address the urgent need for women to access education, tools and resources tailored to meet their distinct heart health needs.”
The Main Line Health Heart Center will officially launch its Women’s Heart Initiative at a kick-off event, to be held Thursday, November 5th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Villanova Conference Center. Women are invited to a night of elegance that will include a gourmet heart-healthy dinner, heart health screenings, boutique vendors and a panel discussion featuring the Women’s Heart Initiative Co-Directors. Keynote speaker Kathy Kastan, author of From the Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease and the Women’s All Heart Family Cookbook, will discuss her own battle with heart disease and the road she took to getting diagnosed and properly treated.