Educational Event promote women’s heart health

  • Sunday, October 6, 2013

Learn about the warning signs, risks, and prevention of heart disease at an interactive seminar Sunday, Oct. 6, from 12:45 to 3p.m. at the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth St. Sponsored by Hadassah, the largest women’s Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States, this non-denominational program will feature presentations by a leading Medical University of South Carolina cardiologist, a nutritionist, an exercise specialist, and as a special feature a live Skype presentation from the Hadassah Hospital cardiology research team in Israel.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States yet many women don’t know that fact. Furthermore, two-thirds of women who die suddenly from heart disease have no previous symptoms. Perhaps surprising, up to 82 percent of heart disease is preventable.

Participating at the program will be Dr. Monique Sandhu an interventional cardiologist and fourth year fellow in cardiology at MUSC. She will present warning signs of heart disease in women, the newest diagnostic and treatment options, and explain the differences between women and men when it comes to heart disease prevention and symptoms.

Also presenting nutritional guidelines will be Amy Mendez, MPH, RD, LD. She is a dietitian with the Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program at MUSC and provides nutrition counseling to individuals that want to learn how to change their eating habits to prevent or treat heart disease. In 2011 she won the Charleston Trident Dietetic Association’s outstanding dietetic educator award for her work with the dietetic interns that train at MUSC.

Presenting exercise tips will be Diane Betz, fitness director at St. Andrew’s Family Fitness Plus. She is a certified personal trainer from both the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the National Exercise Trainers Association. She often works with clients in the water to build strength and cardio endurance.

A live Skype presentation with Dr. Donna R. Zfat-Zwas, M.D., F.A.C.C., senior cardiologist at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem will focus on the research and innovations in cardiology being undertaken at the hospital. This live presentation from Israel is the only one currently being planned by Hadassah chapters across the United States.

There is no charge to attend the event. Questions will be allowed and encouraged from the audience.

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