Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of American women? Women account for nearly half all heart attack deaths. And although many women still think that breast disease is their greatest health threat, in reality over a lifetime heart disease kills five times as many women as breast cancer.
To help women learn if they are at risk for heart disease, Silver Cross Hospital is offering heart screenings and free health educational programs in February in recognition of American Heart Month.
Dr. Kathleen Drinan will present a free program: Take Heart—You’ve Got Control on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will learn the facts about heart disease and what women need to know to prevent heart attack and stroke and also be entered in a drawing to win a free Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment.
In addition, Dr. Sunil Shroff, cardiologist specializing in electrophysiology, will talk about Slowing Down a Fast Beating Heart on Monday, Feb. 28. He will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for atrial fibrillation—an electrical disorder that causes the heart to beat faster than normal. This free program is open to both men and women and will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd. Joliet.
Register to attend one or all programs online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
A Heart Screening, a Little Shopping & a Box of Chocolate?
In addition to heart disease education, through the I Matter™ program, Silver Cross Hospital rewards women for getting their annual cardiac screening and mammogram with unlimited discounts from over 150 local businesses.
“Since heart disease and breast cancer are the leading causes of death in women, the I Matter program encourages women to live a healthier and happier life by taking care of themselves through heart disease and breast cancer prevention and early detection,” says Marybeth Antone, Administrative Director of Cardiovascular and Surgical Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “As a trusted healthcare provider, the I Matter™ program is our way of adding extra value to the most valuable asset of all—your good health.”
There is no cost to become and I Matter member—simply sign-up at www.Imatter.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).
To encourage women to get screened, Silver Cross offers a Baseline Cardiovascular Risk Assessment for just $40 at three locations:
• Brown Cardiovascular Institute at the hospital,
• Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen,
• Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health located on the replacement hospital campus in New Lenox.
The baseline screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions.
In addition to the I Matter member discounts with local businesses, women who call before Feb. 28 to schedule an appointment will also receive a complimentary box of dark chocolate from Dan’s Candies. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 740-7076.