Strong Women, Strong Hearts debuts Feb. 4
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- When it comes to matters of the heart, women tend to put their own needs aside to care for the needs of their loved ones. That’s great for the loved ones, but it could prove deadly for the woman whose own heart needs tending and mending.
To emphasize the need for women to be heart healthy and wise, the cardiovascular nursing staff at Upstate University Hospital has planned a free, public event Strong Women, Strong Hearts, a day of education, entertainment and indulgence Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HealthLink OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298 in East Syracuse (next to DoubleTree Hotel off Carrier Circle).
“Heart disease is still the number one killer of women,” said Alicia Taylor, RN, a cardiovascular nurse on unit 8E, who along with Patricia Richardson, RN, spearheaded Strong Women, Strong Hearts. “Strong Women, Strong Hearts gives women the opportunity to take time for themselves to learn more about heart disease and its prevention in an environment that is fun and undemanding.”
Strong Women, Strong Hearts offers a full gamut of events, including presentations by Upstate cardiologist Luna Bhatta, M.D., who will discuss women and heart disease; Lorraine Langdon, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.-C.S.C., Upstate’s congestive heart failure coordinator, who will speak about uncontrolled hypertension in women and its effects on the heart; and a 46 year-old survivor of a heart attack.
Attendees will learn what questions to ask their doctor about heart disease, the opportunities available to them to quit smoking, and about insurance options if uninsured or underinsured. A pharmacy representative and a nutritionist will be available for questions. CPR demonstrations will be offered, and attendees will be invited to join in on demonstrations of Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, and belly dancing. Reiki therapy sessions will be available by appointment only.
The event also includes free blood pressure and BMI screenings, and heart-healthy tastings. A silent auction featuring a Stickley clock, Adirondack furniture and other items will also be included at the event. Attendees can purchase jewelry, furniture and spa treatments at vendor displays. Raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be available for purchase.
Studies have shown that heart disease affects women differently than men, most visibly in its symptoms. While doctors still consider chest pain as an important symptom of heart attack, it may not necessarily be a symptom in women. Learn more about heart disease and stroke in women by visiting American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
To register for Strong Women, Strong Heart call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668.
Caption: Upstate College of Nursing faculty members Melanie Kalman, PhD, associate professor and director of research, left, and Margaret Wells, PhD, assistant professor, are collaborators on the Matters of the Heart project.