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Inside the news: Chicago hospital focuses on reducing heart disease in women

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 10, 2009

Highlighted by Valentine’s Day, February is a month that focuses on the heart. This year at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the focus will be specifically on women’s hearts.

According to NetWellness, a health Web site, almost 500,000 women over the age of 25 die each year from heart disease. The Center for Women’s Cardiovascular at Northwestern Memorial—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recipient in 2006—is working to decrease that number by educating women on early detection and prevention for heart disease. According to Marla A. Mendelson, MD, medical director of the center, women need to be educated that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to warning signs. An interdisciplinary team of medical directors and other specialists from the Center are helping educate women by providing a thorough plan of care and treatment for their individual needs.

The Center also provides women with information on risk factors that affect heart health, including depression, anxiety, stress, weight, nutrition, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. 

Source: Northwestern Memorial Hospital press release

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