Nurse Deanna Carlson explains why women need to be concerned about Body Mass Index and waist measurements.
Body Mass Index is so important. It’s because if you’re not within the normal limits that means that you’re at greater risk for a heart disease or a stroke to happen because you’re carrying too much weight around, weight around not only your heart but your other organs as well.
It also has a tendency to lead to higher glucose levels. It can also lead to higher blood pressure. I think those are very important reasons why we should be as close to our ideal weight as we possibly can.
The Women's Heart Center program provides:
* Low-cost personal Heart and Vascular Screenings.
* Free heart and self-health risk assessments.
* Educational Seminars addressing nutrition, exercise and osteoporosis.
* Specialized in-hospital care for women admitted with heart disease.
"Symptom recognition is a key problem," says Women's Heart Center co-director Shalizeh Shokooh, M.D. "About one third of women don't experience the typical symptoms of heart disease that most men experience. Many women report having vague chest discomfort with a sudden onset of severe fatigue or shortness of breath."
"This is one of the reasons St. Joseph Hospital opened the Women's Heart Center," says co-medical director Warren Johnston, M.D. "Participation in the Center provides women with the heart-health protection they need." Women can attend a private heart-health screening provided by a highly trained cardiac registered nurse.