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Women! Get Heart Healthy and Celebrate American Heart Month

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February 7, 2007

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More women than men die each year from heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions, yet women are less likely than men to receive appropriate care.  However, through increased awareness, education, prevention, and risk factor identification women can take a proactive approach to their cardiovascular health.

Increase Awareness
Since 1963, the federal government has proclaimed February, American Heart Month in recognition of the ongoing fight against cardiovascular disease in the United States.  Join women from across the country to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease.

  • February 2, 2007 is National Wear Red Day:  As part of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, Americans nationwide wear red to show their support and raise awareness for women's cardiovascular disease. 
  • February 13, 2007 is the Go Red Luncheon at Navy Pier:  Women from Chicago's corporate, medical, and social communities receive lifesaving information about cardiovascular health during this interactive event.
  • February 16, 2007 is National Woman's Heart Day Health Fairs:  The Sister to Sister movement encourages women to participate in this day of free health screening.  Learn about your specific risks for cardiovascular disease.  Free health screenings are offered in 16 cities across the country, including Chicago.


  • Mini-Med School:  Join cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for a four part series on the heart and heart disease.  The Mini-Med School lectures will take place every Tuesday in February 2007.  Scheduled lecture topics include heart anatomy and physiology, risk reduction, valve disease, atrial fibrillation, coronary disease and heart failure. 
  • Patient Power Webcast: Listen as John B. O'Connell, MD discusses heart failure and Marla A. Mendelson, MD discusses women and cardiovascular risk factors.

Being aware of personal risk and treatment options can empower a woman to live a long and healthy life. Guidelines have been developed to help women prevent the development of heart disease. Physicians who follow these guidelines will be able to help women make lifestyle changes and better select the right medications to help them avoid or treat heart disease.

Risk Factor Identification
Risk factors are habits, traits, or conditions that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. However, research shows that modifying your risk factors can prolong and improve the quality of your life. The key is to know your risk factors and to modify them.

  • Contact a Smoking Cessation Specialist
    Carol Southard, R.N., M.S., Smoking Cessation Specialist for Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute, leads both group and individual smoking cessation programs to help smokers to stop smoking. To sign-up for a group program call 1-877-926-4NMH (4664). To sign-up for an individual program, call 312-926-2069.

     Kim R. Lebowitz, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine service offers both group and individual smoking cessation programs to help smokers to stop smoking. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 312-695-4965.
  • Contact a Dietitian
    To learn more about nutrition, schedule an appointment with a dietitian, call 312-926-9355.

For more information on cardiovascular disease awareness, education, prevention, and risk factor identification, contact the Center for Women's Cardiovascular Health at 1-866-662-8467 (toll free).

Last UpdateSeptember 6, 2011