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Aurora Wellness Center sponsors free program on womens cardiac health

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Heart disease is top health threat to women

Heart disease is the number one health threat to women, however, research shows that few American women believe that heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threat to women.

Make plans to join us for an informative discussion on cardiovascular risk factors and the latest information on women's heart health.

The program, called "The Heart of a Woman,'' is from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 7, Aurora Wellness Center, 300 McCanna Pkwy., Burlington. Free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings will be offered. Program speakers are members of the cardiology team at Aurora Burlington Clinic and include Dr. Stephen Welka, cardiologist, Lori Magnuson, cardiovascular nurse specialist, and Mark Christman, cardiovascular nurse practitioner. Reservations are required, please call 800-499-5736 or register online. Cost is free.

In a 2003 American Heart Association study of over 1,000 women conducted by Harris Interactive, a mere 13% of women in America believe that heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threat to women. This reveals the lack of knowledge and understanding a majority of women have for their most serious health threat.

"Heart disease is something that is not on the radar screen of most women,'' said Dr. Welka. "Our goal is to help engage women in this conversation and provide the latest information on how they can be proactive about their cardiac health.''

According to the Women's Heart Foundation, 8 million women in the U.S. are currently living with heart disease, 35,000 are under age 65. The latest statistics reveal that on average, 435,000 American women have heart attacks annually. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women's survival continues to widen.

"There is a perception that heart attacks and heart disease are limited to men,'' said Dr. Welka. "As the research and literature suggest, that's not the case. The good news in all of this is that there are strategies for limiting cardiac risk factors.''

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.


Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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