Coliseum Medical Centers is a nationally designated HeartCaring® hospital for excellence in gender-sensitive cardiovascular care. We are proud to be home to the area’s only HeartCaring® program, and we joined this initiative because it ‘s all about saving the people who are most likely to die from heart disease – people like your mom, your sister, your daughter – women. HeartCaring® believes that dedicated doctors who are part of this initiative can find women at risk before it’s too late – before they develop disease that changes their lives, before it takes their lives. This national program, developed in partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NFLBI) The Heart Truth, is powered by Spirit Health Group® and activated by US hospitals that, like Coliseum Medical Centers, ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health, education and community outreach.
According to the American Heart Association:
- Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming about 455,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute.
- CVD kills more women than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.1 In 2005, one in 30 female deaths was from breast cancer, but more than one in three was from cardiovascular disease. Recent research suggests that the coronary heart disease death rate for women ages 35 to 44 actually increased annually between 1997 and 2002.
- Women age 40 and older are less likely than men of that age group to survive a year after their first heart attack. CVD is largely preventable. One study found that if women adhere to five lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise, and non-smoking, 82% of coronary events can be prevented.
- Many women are unaware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, and do not recognize the warning signs or symptoms of heart disease and stroke, which may be more subtle than those exhibited by men.
- Unfortunately, this lack of awareness extends to women’s health care providers often resulting in less aggressive and sophisticated diagnosis and treatment, with worse outcomes.
- Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death in the United States.
The goal of HeartCaring is simple and expands on the awareness efforts of so many organizations that have done a great job of making women aware that heart disease is their number one healthcare concern. HeartCaring partners with hospitals and physicians who commit to using best-practice tools to identify and treat the most under-diagnosed population at risk for heart disease – women. Those tools include risk stratification, early identification of subclinical disease, as well as appropriate and timely diagnostic procedures and early intervention.
You can see Heart Caring physicians listed on the right-hand side of this page. Click on their names to learn how to contact them. Stay tuned in the coming months as we name more HeartCaring physicians. Together, they will lead the way in focusing on gender differences in cardiovascular care through an innovative approach. We believe HeartCaring will change the lives of women in our community.
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