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Heart Health Focus February

Celebrating Women’s Heart Health And Wellness

There is no right way to improve your health, yet small changes can make a big difference.

The choices you make for living healthy every day are important.

Join Us:
Wear red every Friday in February to encourage heart health.

Why Go Red?

The key to living a long healthy life is keeping your heart healthy. Why?

Your heart is the strongest and most important muscle in your body.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to end heart disease in women.

  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women; it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men.
  • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies.

“My Life Check”

How is your heart health today? What steps can you take to live a better life?

Take “My Life Check” now.

It is a survey that focuses on the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7:” blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, smoking status, weight, physical activity and diet.

Know Your Risk Factors

There are risk factors that you have no control over: race, age, gender, family history or genetics. However, you can definitely do something about “controllable” risk factors. You can change these risk factors:

  • Smoking; cigarette smoking increases your risk of developing heart disease.
  • High cholesterol; as blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease.
  • High blood pressure; high blood pressure makes the heart work harder, increasing your risk of stroke and heart attack.
  • Lack of physical activity; inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease.
  • Excess weight; people who have excess body fat, especially if at the waist, are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke if they have no other risk factors.
  • Diabetes; having diabetes seriously increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Learn ways you can change or control risk factors at the American Heart Association site.

Know your risk numbers. Understand how these numbers add up to a healthy heart by visiting Numbers That Count.

Well Women Screenings – Your Schedule to Staying Healthy

Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.

Screenings Every Woman Should Have Include

  • Blood pressure.
  • Cholesterol.
  • Pap smears and pelvic exams.
  • Breast exams and mammograms
  • Bone density.
  • Blood glucose test.
  • Colon cancer screening (colonoscopy).
  • Body mass.
  • Skin examination.
  • Dental care.

Not all of these screenings are needed annually and may vary by age and your personal health history.

Eating Healthy

A healthy heart begins with a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish.

Copley’s Courier Newsletter features a healthy recipe in each issue.

If you struggle with weight issues, or living with a chronic condition and need help with balancing your diet,

Copley Hospital’s Certified Diabetes Educator can help.

Cardiac Care and Women’s Health Sevices at Copley

If your physician recommends you receive cardiac care, Copley Hospital cardiologist Adam Kunin, MD treats a full range of heart conditions and diseases including heart attacks, heart failure and serious heart rhythm disturbances. Click for more information.

The Women’s Center

The Women’s Center at Copley Hospital has a remarkable reputation for personalized, compassionate care.

We listen to what is important to you and then, in partnership with you, use our expertise to craft a personalized healthcare plan to meet your needs.

Digital Mammography and Bone Density Testing

Mammograms are the preferred diagnostic test to find breast cancer in its early stages. It is a safe, low-dose picture of the breast. Benefits of digital mammography include:

  • Higher quality images.
  • Better visibility of the entire breast, particularly of dense breasts.
  • Images can be enhances for more diagnostic information.

Bone density testing is used to assess the strength of the bones and the probability of fracture in persons at risk for osteoporosis. The procedure is a simple, noninvasive procedure that takes just minutes.