Empowering Women to Make Heart Health a Priority

Heart disease is the leading killer of American women, yet several studies have shown women cardiac patients receive inferior medical care compared to men.  The Rush Heart Center for Women is proud to be partnering with WomenHeart to raise awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of women’s heart disease.

WomenHeart is a national patient advocacy organization that was founded by three women who had heart attacks while in their 40s and faced many obstacles, including misdiagnosis and social isolation. The three women: Nancy Loving, Jackie Markham, and Judy Mingram, connected in 1998 when each was interviewed for an article on women and heart attacks for MORE magazine. Nancy, Jackie, and Judy formed their own support network.

Now the organization has thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, physicians, health advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.

“Women with heart disease had no support system until WomenHeart was founded. It is the only national organization dedicated to women with heart disease,” said Dr. Annabelle Volgman, director, Rush Heart Center for Women.

Rush will be hosting the first WomenHeart Regional Symposium, an educational seminar about women’s heart disease on Saturday, September 11th with the goal of educating women and empowering them to spread their knowledge to friends, family and their community.

The symposium will feature lectures and workshops to learn the basic science of women’s heart disease, including prevention, diagnosis and quality care. There will be information about healing the mind and body. Participants will meet and bond with other women living with heart disease and learn from leading health care professionals, health educators, and women’s health advocates.

“We have a very busy Rush Heart Center for Women so hosting the first WomenHeart Regional Symposium was a natural partnership. We have assembled a group of medical experts on women and heart disease from many medical centers in the Chicago area.”

The free event will be held September 11, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 500 of the Searle Conference Center, located in the Rush Professional Building, 1725 W. Harrison St., Chicago.  The deadine to apply is Friday, July 23.  (UPDATE: The deadline for registration has been pushed back to Friday, August 20.) Visit http://www.womenheart.org/events/registration.cfm to register.

2 thoughts on “Empowering Women to Make Heart Health a Priority

  1. Dear Kim;
    Thank you for your informative article. I too am a supporter of WomenHeart. As a 38 year old woman living with Coronary Microvascular Heart Disease, I appreciate any and all attention brought to the cause and I applaud you in your efforts. If I lived in Chicago, I might just join you for the event!

    Take care,
    Rebecca Fortunato

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