LIVINGSTON—Heart disease is the number one killer in America. One in four American women dies from the disease, and yet many are still unaware of their personal risk factors.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Ambulatory Care Center have launched a free Women’s Cardiac Risk Assessment program that brings this important health screening to women of all ages.
A 19-question assessment, available at https://cardiac.saintbarnabas.com/default.asp, was developed specifically for women by researchers at Stanford University. Responses to questions concerning blood pressure, weight, symptoms, lifestyle, diet and other factors are combined to determine individual risk.
The online assessment is designed to show women areas of risk and provide them with information to motivate them to learn more and to take greater responsibility for their cardiovascular health. Valuable feedback is provided and, depending on the results, women can elect to be contacted by an internist or cardiologist for treatment of the silent but serious symptoms of heart disease such as high cholesterol and blood pressure.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the presence of even a single risk factor at 50 years of age is associated with substantially increased lifetime risk of heart disease and premature death.
“It is very important that health care providers evaluate a woman’s heart health across her lifespan, from adolescence through menopause,” said Gary J. Rogal, MD, Chief of Cardiology for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
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