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Women wear red and learn about cardiac risk factors at AVH Foundation luncheon

Wearing Red
AVH Foundation President, Deborah Breen; AVH Nutritional Services Supervisor, Kristy Bates; and AVH Cardiac Rehab Therapist, Karen Johnson attend a luncheon promoting heart disease prevention.
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Written by Deborah Breen, President & CEO Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation hosted a special luncheon on Friday, February 3, at Pyramid Bistro to raise awareness and start a discussion about the #1 killer of women – heart disease.

There’s a myth that women don’t have to worry about heart disease like men do.

That’s simply not true. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women of all ages and heart attack symptoms for women present very differently than in men. Symptoms are often much more vague and can include fatigue, jaw pain, upper back aches, or even an upset stomach. Oftentimes these symptoms can easily be confused with other ailments and women tend to ignore them as a sign of heart disease. That can mean the difference between life and death.

The lunch was designed to bring women together to learn about preventative strategies with Chef Martin Oswald, owner of Pyramid Bistro, and Karen Johnson, MS, EP-C, one of Aspen Valley Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Therapists. Chef Martin discussed the elements in each heart-healthy course, highlighting which foods can help in lowering blood pressure and promoting heart health, while Karen spoke about the importance of prevention through aerobic activity.

“Women need to know their lab and test results when it comes to heart health. They may want to regularly monitor blood pressure and cholesterol, maintaining blood pressure readings of 120/80 mm Hg or less, total cholesterol below 200, and good cholesterol (HDL) numbers above 50,” says Karen. “Other results to watch are body mass index (BMI) and blood glucose levels. A heart-healthy lifestyle, including moderate exercise, regular physician checkups, drinking only in moderation, and not smoking, can highly reduce your risk for heart disease.” According to the American Heart Association (AHA), healthy daily habits can reduce heart disease risk by up to 80%. The AHA recommends at least 40 minutes of physical activity daily, eating a balanced diet low in fat, cholesterol and sugar, and carving out time to unwind and relax each and every day.

Aspen Valley Hospital has a full spectrum of cardiac services, including a full-time cardiologist, nutritional counseling services, a cardiac rehabilitation program, CT scan capabilities for calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography, echocardiogram, transesophageal probe testing, cardiac function nuclear testing, and full 24/7 emergency services for chest pain.

Your heart is in good hands at Aspen Valley Hospital.

 


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