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Women's Heart Health a Critical Focus at Northwestern Memorial's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Date:1/30/2009

Center for Women's Cardiovascular Health specializes in treating heart disease in women

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the No.1 health threat for women over 25, cardiovascular disease claims the lives of almost 500,000 women each year and leads to six times as many deaths as breast cancer. Yet health statistics show that few women recognize that cardiovascular disease is a serious threat to their health, and women are often less likely to receive appropriate care. To combat these statistics and respond to women's unique heart health needs, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Women's Cardiovascular Health focuses on the prevention, early detection, education, and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women.

"Cardiovascular disease has a truly devastating prevalence among women, and is estimated to kill one woman every minute," says Marla A. Mendelson, MD, medical director of the center. "The first weapon in the battle against this disease is education on how one size doesn't fit all when it comes to warning signs."

Along with associate medical directors Vera H. Rigolin, MD, and Martha Gulati, MD, Dr. Mendelson collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of specialists who provide a comprehensive regimen of care and tailor treatment plans according to each woman's individual needs. Through the BCVI's cardiac behavioral and lifestyle medicine programs, the center provides women with guidance on adjustable risk factors that affect heart health, such as depression and anxiety, stress, weight, nutrition and high blood pressure and cholesterol.

"Research shows that women present markedly different symptoms of heart disease than men," says Dr. Gulati. "Early warning signs can include overwhel
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