New Partnership Designed For Women's Heart Health

By: Lauren Searcy Email
By: Lauren Searcy Email

A heart disease diagnosis happens every minute. That's just in women. The worst part is, most women aren't even aware they have heart disease because they don't see the symptoms.

" As a society we tend to associate heart disease with men. So I think educating women in regards to their symptoms and risk factors is going to be what helps get them into the office sooner and get them help sooner," says Dr. Niraj Pandit, Capital Regional Cardiologist.

That's exactly what doctors are doing, educating. Capital Regional has joined Heart Caring, a partnership of hospitals that practice gender-specific medicine as it relates to heart disease.

"Unfortunately today, in 2011, everybody gets on the computer and gets on webMD and starts looking up their symptoms and starts finding out what it is, I think it's great that people are educated but I do think they need to seek help sooner," said Dr. Pandit.

To kick off this partnership, the hospital is hosting two free community health screenings to help people determine their cardiovascular disease risk. The screenings will take place Thursday September 22nd and again Thursday September 29th. Both are at 5 in the evening at the Capital Regional Conference Center and are free to the public.

Check out the following list and see if your one of the ladies who should block out those dates on your schedule.

"Risk factors for heart disease in both men and women are family history, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, inactivity, and high cholesterol. If you have some of those risk factors, then you should be seen earlier," said Dr. Pandit.

Thursday, September 22
PAD Screenings begin at 5 pm
“Sudden Cardiac Death in Women” presented by Dr. Sangosanya at 6 pm

Thursday, September 29
PAD Screenings begin at 5 pm
“Peripheral Arterial Disease in Women” presented by Dr. Pandit at 6 pm

All screenings and seminars are FREE to the public.
Capital Regional Conference Center, 2626 Care Drive
Heart healthy refreshments will be served.

To register for the screenings call 850-325-3627


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