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CentraState Launches New Heart Program for Women

The new Heart Program is modeled after the Cedars-Sinai Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center in Los Angeles.

CentraState Medical Center will inaugurate the Women’s Heart Program at CentraState on Feb. 18 with an open house. 

 Knowledgeable staff members will offer free screenings, heart health information and heart-healthy refreshments to celebrate the launch of the program and women’s heart health awareness month. Cholesterol screenings will also be available at a modest charge of $10.

Through the program, traditional cardiac testing will be integrated with counseling on lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, physical activity that can start at the CentraState Fitness Center, and referrals to cardiac rehabilitation. The program’s staff and ancillary bodies include medical director Divya Menon, MD, cardiologist; director of cardiac services, Marcia Schaefer-Noto; an advanced practice nurse (APN); and a multidisciplinary Physician Advisory Board to help educate patients and physician peers about advancements in women’s heart health.

The program’s goal is to identify women who are at risk for cardiovascular disease earlier and modify those risk factors that are preventable.  Heart disease remains the single largest health threat for women in the U.S., claiming almost 420,000 lives each year.  More women die from cardiovascular disease than any other cause of mortality, more than all forms of cancer combined. Yet most people, including many physicians, remain unaware that women exhibit different cardiovascular symptoms than men, which often results in delayed diagnoses and treatment for women. 

The Women’s Heart Program at CentraState is modeled after the Cedars-Sinai Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center in Los Angeles and will be located in the Thomas J. Blanchet Cardiac Diagnostic Center, in the Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus on the CentraState Medical Center site. For more information on the program, call (732) 637-6366.

On February 1, 2013, CentraState will participate in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) heart-health awareness program, Go Red for Women.  The program challenges women to know their risks for heart disease and to take action to reduce their personal risk.  All funds raised by AHA will support educational programs and research concerning women’s heart health.  In observance of this important annual program, CentraState will light the campus in red on Friday February 1st.

On Valentine’s Day, February 14, CentraState Healthcare System’s Foundation will host An Affair to Remember.  This dinner dance will take place in CentraState’s Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus at 900 West Main Street in Freehold, and all funds raised will be donated to the new Women’s Heart Program at CentraState.  Please join CentraState Healthcare System in celebrating a day that is all about the heart. For more information, call (732) 294-7030.

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