Did you know you can potentially reduce your risk of developing heart disease by 80 percent simply by living heart healthy? And it’s never too late to adopt sensible heart healthy habits. Whether you are 18 or 80, eating right, exercising, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight will help protect your heart. Unfortunately, in the Washington metro area and throughout the US, too many people either don’t know how or don’t have enough support to make heart healthy changes. “The D.C. area is one of the most affluent areas in the country; however there remains a significant subgroup population that has a high risk for cardiovascular disease often inadequately addressed.” Jannet F. Lewis, MD, Director of the Women’s Heart Center at the GW Medical Faculty Associates.
The lack of awareness regarding cardiovascular health means that women often ignore symptoms or delay seeking medical care. Though heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, the majority of women do not know that heart disease and stroke are their greatest health threats. Shockingly, fewer than 10% of primary care physicians know that more women die each year from cardiovascular disease than men. An important step to improving women’s cardiovascular health is education about the causes and symptoms of heart disease in women.
The Women’s Heart Center at The GW Medical Faculty Associates aims to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women. The program offers a comprehensive risk assessment to identify a woman’s level of risk for heart disease and address her individual needs. The Center intends to improve cardiovascular health in women by prevention through counseling, education and screening. Dr. Lewis believes, “Diagnosis and management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease are vital to prevent future cardiovascular events.”
Free quarterly nutrition workshops are offered at the Women’s Heart Center. The workshops are part of a three week series which educates women with or at risk for heart and vascular disease. Open to the D.C. community, the groups consist of up to 20 women each session, intentionally limited in size to facilitate exchange between the women and nutritionists.
By providing additional diagnostic testing and referrals for other services at the GW Medical Faculty Associates. The Women’s Heart Center strives to improve women’s cardiovascular health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call: 202-741-2323.