The Women's Heart Initiative is a comprehensive health care program
specifically dedicated to educating and raising awareness about women's
heart care. The goal is to empower women to Learn, Act, Live—to help
women recognize the warning signs of heart disease and encourage them to
have open discussions with their physicians about their heart care.
At the Lankenau Heart Institute, our cardiac experts understand the
unique heart health needs of women and are proud to feature a team of
eleven female cardiologists. From prevention and diagnosis to treatment
and rehabilitation, when it comes to matters of the heart, a woman’s
insight is irreplaceable.
On Nov. 11, 2014, the Women’s Heart Initiative hosted The Delicious
Side of Heart Healthy, where attendees learned how to live a
heart-healthy lifestyle without sacrificing fun. The Women’s Heart
Initiative is Lankenau Heart Institute’s unique women’s heart program.
The program engaged more than 225 women to take charge and learn about
living a heart healthy lifestyle.
Janet Bond Brill, PhD,
a nationally-recognized cardiovascular nutritionist, health and fitness
expert and published author, spoke to attendees about ways to balance a
heart-healthy diet with the foods they want to eat. The Food Network’s Katie
Cavuto, MS, RD and was also on hand with a healthy cooking
demonstration. The program included sessions on the importance of
vitamins for women’s heart health presented by Lisa
Beth Freedman, MD, a show and tell of the daVinci Surgical System by
Lankenau’s Chief of Cardiac Surgery Francis
Sutter, DO, a demonstration by the skin care experts Aveeno and
Neutrogena on keeping your skin looking young and healthy and blood
pressure and body mass index health screenings. A panel discussion
rounded out the program and featured MLH Cardiologist Andrea
Becker, MD; Gynecologist Beverly
Vaughn, MD; Endocrinologist Meg
Ryan, MD; and Dermatologist Michele
Attendees were overwhelmingly positive about the evening’s activities:
“I wanted to express how terrific the program was last night. The food
was wonderful and the panel was excellent.” “This event demonstrates
Main Line Health’s commitment to keeping our community healthy.” “My
guest was quite impressed with her first visit to Lankenau, with expert
doctors on hand to answer questions. The community is very fortunate to
have this available.”
On May 9, 2014, the Lankenau Heart Institute and Women's Heart
Initiative joined the American Heart Association for the organization's
annual Go Red for Women luncheon to raise awareness about women and
Women's Health Source (WHS) is the free health and wellness program of
Main Line Health. Because WHS is designed for women who want to improve
and maintain a healthy lifestyle, we bring you the best resources Main
Line Health has to offer. Members enjoy exclusive benefits.
had spent Friday morning lifting weights with a personal trainer. It was
her first time with a trainer, and he put her through an incredibly
strenuous workout. Carol first sensed something was amiss as she left
“When I stepped on the stairway, I had no feeling in my foot,” recalls
Carol. “It was numb. And I was completely exhausted.” Carol says she put
mind over matter and made it home. Then came the terrible migraine,
which lasted for hours. “I didn’t think it was a red flag at the time,”
she says. “I’ve had migraines before.” She ignored it and got on a train
to meet her husband downtown for a client dinner.
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