University of Colorado Health
Contact Us Directions Employees Physicians
Poudre Valley Health System Guests and Visitors Hospitals and Clinics Community UCHealth Jobs Classes and Events Foundation and Volunteers Health library
Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr
At a Glance
All Services
Medical clinics
Conditions we treat
Download our app
Hospitals
UC Health news
PrintEmail

 

UCHealth News

Print This Page Print This Page    Email this to a Friend Email this to a Friend
News
01/31/2011
Heart Center of the Rockies and Loveland’s Dress Barn team up for the hearts of women
Poudre Valley Health System
For immediate release: Jan. 26, 2011

Contact

Fiona Libsack, 970.391.1253
970.237.7107
fbl1@pvhs.org

The Heart Center of the Rockies and the Dress Barn in Loveland will team up February 4 to promote women's heart health awareness during February, National Heart Health Awareness Month.

HCOR staff members will be at Dress Barn, 5721 McWhinney Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct free blood pressure checks and provide educational materials about heart disease in women.

The store will host give-away drawings and offer a 15-percent discount to anyone wearing red who shops at Dress Barn in Loveland on the day of the event.

“Dress Barn is committed to promoting women’s health and Heart Health Month is a perfect time to host this event,“ said Anita Blea, Dress Barn store manager.

Dr. Wendy Austin, HCOR cardiologist, said the event provides a good opportunity for women to learn about risk factors for heart disease and the signs and symptoms associated with a heart attack. Arming women with accurate heart health information is critical to prevention and early detection of heart disease, she said.

“The statistics surrounding heart disease in women are alarming," Austin pointed out. "One in four women will die of heart disease. Twenty-three percent of women will die within a year after having a heart attack.”

“The good news is that by aggressively managing risk factors, women can prevent or delay the onset of heart disease,” said Austin. “In those who already have heart disease, controlling risk factors can delay or even stop the progression of the disease and strongly improve outcomes.”

More about heart disease in women

Dr. Austin warns that if a woman falls into any of the risk categories listed below or isn’t sure that she does, she should talk to her doctor. Testing is available to help identify possible heart disease and specific lifestyle changes that can help lower the risk for heart disease.

Heart disease risk factors for women:

  • Smoking.
  • Women over age 55.
  • High blood pressure (140/90 mmHg or higher, or if you are on blood pressure medication).
  • Family history of heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Body mass index greater than 25.
  • Lack of physical activity.
  • High cholesterol level (either high LDL or HDL cholesterol level of less than 40 mg/dl).
  • Stress.
  • Sleep apnea.

“Often, in our efforts take care of others, women overlook or minimize the early signs of a heart attack,” said Austin. “This is dangerous, considering the survival rate is much lower for women who prolong treatment. It’s important to know that the warning signs of a heart attack can be different for men than women.”

Warning signs include:

  • Flu-like symptoms which can include nausea, light-headedness and cold-sweats.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sudden or extreme fatigue.
  • Chest discomfort.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Symptoms can occur individually or together and can happen quickly or over an extended period of time.

--PVHS--

Poudre Valley Health System on Facebook Poudre Valley Health System on Twitter Poudre Valley Health System on YouTube Poudre Valley Health System on Flickr

About Us
FAQ: Hepatitis C
PVHS-UCH partnership
Be a smart patient
About PVHS
Contact Us
History
Mission, Vision and Values
Charity Care
Communities We Serve
Leadership
Awards
Baldrige National Quality Award
Nonprofit Status
Center for Performance Excellence
Joint Ventures
Report a Problem
To Report a Problem to the Joint Commission
Institutional Review Board



Awards and Recognition


University of Colorado Health employees dedicate themselves to providing patients and other customers with world-class care and service. Outside organizations recognize that, calling University of Colorado Health's hospitals some of the best in Colorado and even the best in the nation. Some of those accolades are listed below:

 




Contact

University of Colorado Health
Fort Collins, Colorado
970.495.7000
PVHS@pvhs.org

 

© 2014 Poudre Valley Health System
Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Site Map
University of Colorado Health