Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Jan 29, 2013, 10:19 ET from Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute hosts educational symposium for women

CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sixth Annual Women's Heart Health Symposium hosted by Northwestern Medicine's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center will be held on Friday, February 1. This special symposium, taking place on National Wear Red Day, will explore the latest life-saving prevention strategies and empower women to lead stronger and longer lives.

"Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more women's lives than the next seven causes of death combined," said Marla Mendelson, MD, cardiologist and medical director of the Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. "The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But, women of all ages need to be concerned about their heart health."

The Women's Cardiovascular Health Symposium assembles leading Northwestern Medicine® experts in women's cardiovascular health who continue to explore the role that gender and race differences play in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cardiac and vascular diseases. The conference provides important information including:

In honor of National Wear Red Day, symposium participants are encouraged to wear the color red to show solidarity for all women affected by heart disease.

Northwestern Medicine® is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and the Feinberg School in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery.

For more information about the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, or to schedule an appointment, please call 312-926-0779 or visit us online at www.heart.nmh.org. Also, visit the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bluhmcardiovascularinstitute.

About Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the parent corporation of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, a 205-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees.  Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence.  And, Northwestern Memorial ranks 12th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 Honor Roll of "America's Best Hospitals". The hospital is ranked in 12 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2012 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 13 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 13 years. 

SOURCE Northwestern Memorial Hospital