Heart disease is the number one cause of death in American women, closely followed by stroke in third place. Despite common misconceptions, heart disease does not discriminate based on gender or age. There are, however, differences in the development, symptoms and long-term effects of the disease in women and men.
Join Crouse Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Marley Education Center, at 765 Irving Ave., Syracuse, for an informative presentation on women’s heart health, presented by Crouse cardiologist Jeffrey Ascenzo, MD. On the final day of American Heart Month, learn about early warning signs of heart disease, risk factors and lifestyle measures to stay healthy.
Women often often dismiss chest pain and other warning signs, like jaw pain, as side effects of stress, indigestion or fatigue. Such was the case with Shalini Suryanarayana, 47, of Syracuse, who will share her story during the program. Because symptoms in women differ from those that are common knowledge, she thought her discomfort was due to allergies, when in fact she was having a heart attack.
“Women don’t have the same symptoms as men, and what seems innocuous is often much more serious, so you really need to pay attention,” says Suryanarayana, who was treated at Crouse, a nationally certified chest pain center and one of only three hospitals in New York State with dual chest pain and heart failure accreditation.
According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart disease cases are preventable. The risk for heart disease can be drastically decreased by practicing healthy eating habits, working out on a regular basis and limiting stress. At the event, Dr. Ascenzo, a practicing cardiovascular disease doctor at Albany Medical Center and Crouse Hospital, will discuss simple ways to keep your heart healthy. Dr. Ascenzo, in practice at Cardiology, PC in Syracuse, completed his medical degree at Upstate Medical University and residency at Albany Medical Center.
Participation in the program is free, but pre-registration at 315/472-2464 is requested. On the day of the event, free parking at the Crouse Hospital and Marley Education Center garages is available.
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