Hinsdale – Many women spend lots of time taking care of others. As moms, daughters and wives, they can sometimes forget they need to take care of themselves, too. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital will remind women of this during the hospitals’ annual women’s heart symposium. The event, entitled “It’s Time to Take Care of Me,” starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Hinsdale Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. The event is a program of the Adventist Cardiovascular Network in partnership with the American Heart Association.
The event include special screenings for LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood pressure and body mass index. Participants will have the opportunity to review the results of these health screenings during one-on-one consultations with cardiologists Dr. Patricia Martin and Dr. Duane Follman.
“As women, there are so many little things we can do every day that will pay dividends in our future health,” Martin said. “No matter your age or your current lifestyle, there are activities and choices you can make today that will reduce your risks and lead to a better quality of life.”
Added Follman: “It’s important for women to arm themselves with information on their cholesterol levels and body mass index so they can take control of their health. This event will lead women on the road to healthier living.”
Lunch is served at 11:15 a.m. and will include presentations on preventing stroke and heart disease. Neurologist Dr. Christopher Simon will address “Stroke in Women: The Gender Gap.”
“Although heredity is a major risk factor, women can make simple lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk of suffering a stroke,” Simon said.
During “Women and Heart Disease,” cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Dr. Frank Lutrin will emphasize awareness and prevention of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.
“Heart disease is major health issue for women and the more knowledge they have on how to prevent it, the healthier they can be,” said Lutrin, who is medical director of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Rooney Heart Institute.
Following lunch, physicians will hold a panel discussion on women’s health issues from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Tickets are $20. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, or to make a commitment to your health by attending, call 1-877-65-HEART.