Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women, affecting 500,000 women annually. Women are more likely than men to die after a first heart attack and are even more likely to suffer a second heart attack.
Dr. Pam Marcovitz, medical director of Beaumont’s Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, led the Update in Women’s Heart Health conference that focused on highlighting gender differences in the identification and treatment of heart disease.
“A startling number of women, almost half, say they would not call 911 when they are experiencing heart attack symptoms. Calling 911 for symptoms of heart attack is critical in order to receive life-saving treatment with stenting. It is very important that we continue to educate women on the signs and symptoms of heart attack and share ways to prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Marcovitz.
Also included in today’s conference was a focus on techniques for reducing stress and the benefits of yoga.
Gail Evo, director of integrative medicine at Beaumont, says, “Whether people are healthy or fighting an illness, it is important to have services and programs to support healing and wellness.”