Women's Heart Initiative educational event attracts more than 125 women from the Main Line Health community to learn about heart health
On November 4, 2015, the Lankenau Heart Institute's Women's Heart Initiative hosted an educational program for the community, "A Lifetime Roadmap to Heart Health," featuring its team of female cardiologists. The two-part event featured an hour of hors d'oeuvres and interactive educational display tables. Attendees participated in health screenings, including blood pressure; BMI; and fat, sugar and salt screenings and were able to discuss their results and learn ways to lower their personal risk with nurses on site. There were also interactive displays about diet, exercise, being heart smart, the American Heart Association heart disease tribute wall, and beauticians from Estee Lauder (Macy's King of Prussia) offering make-up samples and beauty consultations.
Following the hors d'oeuvres hour, attendees were treated to a women's heart health panel moderated by Ashley Patterson, Publisher of Philadelphia magazine. The panel featured personal stories shared by three heart disease survivors, and focused on women's heart health at every stage of life. Following the patient's stories, Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologists offered advice for optimal heart health, and discussed topics like eating disorders' effect on the heart, pregnancy and heart disease, menopause and heart disease, atrial fibrillation, and new minimally invasive options.
The team of female cardiologists who attended the event were (from left) Sandra Abramson, MD, Colleen Hanley, MD, Riti Patel, MD, Erin O’Malley Tysko, MD, Andrea Becker, MD, Laura Immordino, MD, Leslie Poor, MD, Jeanine Romanelli, MD, Kate Hawthorne, MD and Maribel Hernandez, MD. Not pictured: Rose Lee, DO, Roselle Mesmer, MD and Kar-Lai Wong, MD.