Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know

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The Sixth Annual Women's Heart Health Symposium hosted by Northwestern Medicine's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center will be held on Friday, February 1st. This special symposium, taking place on National Wear Red Day, will explore the latest life-saving prevention strategies and empower women to lead stronger and longer lives.

"Heart disease is still the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more women's lives than the next seven causes of death combined," said Marla Mendelson, MD, cardiologist and medical director of the Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. "The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But, women of all ages need to be concerned about their heart health."

The Women's Cardiovascular Health Symposium assembles leading Northwestern Medicine experts in women's cardiovascular health who continue to explore the role that gender and race differences play in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cardiac and vascular diseases. The conference provides important information including:

>>A physician/patient panel, lead by Marla Mendelson, MD, medical director of the Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and Vera Rigolin, MD, associate medical director of the Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health

>>Interactive, international cooking demonstration with Robert Kushner, MD, medical director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

>>A session focused on heart disease and diversity in Chicago presented by Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, medical director of the Center for Preventative Cardiology at Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

In honor of National Wear Red Day, symposium participants are encouraged to wear the color red to show solidarity for all women affected by heart disease.

Northwestern Medicine is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and the Feinberg School in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery.

For more information about the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, or to schedule an appointment, please call 312-926-0779 or visit us online at heart.nmh.org. Also, visit the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute's Facebook page at facebook.com/bluhmcardiovascularinstitute.