All About You: ‘Matters of the Heart’ Takes Center Stage at SJMC

“Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined.” Atul Hulyalkar, MD, SJMC Director of Cardiology

“Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined.”
Atul Hulyalkar, MD, SJMC Director of Cardiology

Most people think breast cancer is the leading cause of death in American women. But they are wrong. It is heart disease.

“For Ladies Only: Matters of the Heart” was the focus of St. John Medical Center’s “All About You” presentation hosted at LaCentre in Westlake on Wed., Feb. 11.

A panel of physician experts educated about 250 attendees on the prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Presenting physicians included Atul Hulyalkar, MD, John Coletta, MD, and Dina Sparano MD.

Each discussed topics relevant to heart health, including Chest Pain, Heart Attack Warning Signs and Treatment, Irregular Heart Rhythms, Risk Factor Management and Heart Healthy Lifestyles.

“This was a very important event for St. John Medical Center (SJMC) as we discussed cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death among women today,” said Pam Hoch, SJMC Women’s Service Line Coordinator.

According to Hoch, the high amount of questions asked that evening to the physician panel confirms the need to provide additional educational seminars in the future. And more are in the works at SJMC.

Julie Wise, MS, RND, LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Westshore Primary Care

Julie Wise, MS, RND, LD, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Westshore Primary Care

The evening started with a lively cocktail hour that included Complimentary Health Screenings, Blood Pressure readings, Cholesterol and Blood Sugar screenings, Body Composition Measurements, Heart Disease Information Tables, Tobacco Cessation Education, Heart Healthy Food Demonstrations and Pampering.

“Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined,” said Dr. Hulyalkar, SJMC Director of Cardiology.

Dr. Hulyalkar was joined by Dr. Coletta in stressing the importance of exercise in the prevention of heart disease.

Women should exercise 150 minutes per week. “That sounds like a lot. But it is 30 minutes, five days a week,” said Dr. Coletta.

Did you know that more women than men actually die from heart disease each year? Last year, the number was 455,000.

Proper diagnosis includes a careful review of your history with your physician and stress testing. Medication, said Dr. Coletta, always accompanies a cardiac care program.

Dina Sparano MD

Dina Sparano MD

Dr. Sparano offered hope to those who suffer with arrhythmia, reporting that there can be several causes. Most are not dangerous and can be successfully treated or cured.

Risk factors associated with heart disease include hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, age and family history.

In many people, lifestyle changes can manage risk. “We all make our own choices, but in the end, our choices make us” is the mantra.

The most frequent reason women do not discuss heart disease is because their provider does not approach the subject with them.

What to do if you experience symptoms of heart attack like chest, shoulder or jaw pain? Avoid the matriarchal urge to wait it out and seek help. Call your doctor, dial 9-1-1 or go to the Emergency Room.

All About You is a free women’s health membership program through St. John Medical Center.

“St. John Medical Center takes its role of community educator seriously, and by hosting women seminars several times a year we educate women on how to stay healthy, and what to do if a problem or concern does surface,” said Hoch.

To find out more information or to become a member, visit stjohnmedicalcenter.net or call 1-877-597-6348.

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