News From the Women's Heart Center

The Women’s Heart Center of St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital in Wayne, N.J., has expanded its facility with a spa-like atmosphere to accommodate all the women it serves in northern N.J.

The center also has launched a Hispanic educational initiative, with 30- to 60-minute community lectures in Spanish, to address studies that show Hispanic women develop heart disease risk factors 10 years earlier than Caucasian women. Topics include culturally specific cardiovascular risk factors, symptoms, and lifestyle recommendations. Women are encouraged to register for a 45- to 60-minute cardiovascular screening to evaluate their individual risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

To increase awareness about women and heart disease, the Women’s Heart Center is joining beauticians in the community to get the word out. An initial educational program attended by beauticians at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., reviewed risk factors for heart disease in women, as well as gender-specific signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke.

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