Here to talk with us about that topic, is Doctor Albert Zoda, a Cardiologist with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Dr. Zoda says both men and women can benefit from attending this event. They will be talking about all of the risks of heart disease, its prevention and its treatment. The risks and preventative measures are the same in men and women. The biggest difference can be the symptoms that present with a heart attack. Women often complain of fatigue or pain in the jaw or neck. They don't always show the same symptoms as men, especially the nausea and vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Women often interpret these symptoms as acid reflux or flu, or part of normal aging.
Dr. Zoda says there are four things people can do to reduce their risk of heart disease.
1. Stop smoking! It will cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%
2. Watch salt intake. High sodium affects blood pressure which in turn affects heart disease. One way to cut 75 percent of the salt from your diet is to eliminate packaged foods. Concentrate on eating fresh fruits and vegetables instead.
3. Control calorie intake in order to manage weight, which can also help to lower cholesterol.
4. Exercise. Keep it moving! Do something to pump up the volume-bike riding, swimming and walking is great!
If you or someone you know thinks they may have some heart health issues, Mount Nittany Health can provide a number of services, including a non-invasive evaluation. Those include a thorough history and a stress test.
For acute care, Mount Nittany Health has a coronary intervention program. That program started in 2007, and since then, Mount Nittany Health has done 700 coronary interventions.
A Coronary Intervention reduces the "door-to-balloon-time", or the period of time between the arrival of a patient at the hospital, and the point when the balloon reaches the blockage during an intervention. The shorter this critical time period is, the less damage done to the heart muscle due to a lack of oxygen-enriched blood flow.
An Evening of Women's Heart Health is this Tuesday, February 12th in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. The Health Expo starts at 5:30 p.m., and the presentations start at 6:30 p.m. You can RSVP by calling: (814) 234-6727.