National Go Red for Women Day…Spotlights Heart Health

Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the United States with more women dying of heart attacks each year than men since 1984. NewYork-Presbyterian  Hospital is working to educate women on what they can do to reduce their risk.

With this in mind, NewYork-Presbyterian/ Lawrence Hospital  in Bronxville will hold a women’s heart health event on Feb. 5 in recognition of national Go Red for Women Day.

Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the Go Red event is designed to help educate women about their risk of heart disease and ways to prevent it.


To be held in the hospital’s main lobby from 11am to 1 pm, the event will feature free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings as well as BMI (Body Mass Index) calculations. There will be a lecture on nutrition, as well as, cooking demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Physicians will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.  Pre-registration is not required and all – including men — are welcome. For more information call 914-784- 5004.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor will offer blood pressure screenings, BMI calculations and free sleep evaluations on Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in its main lobby at 1980 Crompond Road. Classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be held on Feb. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 914-734-3557.

“There are still a lot of misconceptions about the prevalence of heart disease among women, and the differences between men and women when it comes to symptoms of heart attack,” said Mark Apfelbaum, MD, cardiologist and Director of NYP/Lawrence Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “One in three women die of heart disease compared with one in 31 who die of breast cancer. We are working to educate women on what they can do to reduce their risk.’’

NewYork-Presbyterian is a leader in cardiac care. Its world-class heart program was ranked number three in the country and number one in New York State by U.S. News and World Report. Last April, NYP/Lawrence opened a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, allowing the hospital to perform lifesaving minimally invasive heart procedures such as coronary stenting, heart biopsy and pacemaker implantation. It is one of the few centers in Westchester licensed to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty for patients having a heart attack. NYP/Lawrence also recently was awarded a Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its cardiac care. NYP/Hudson Valley Hospital in 2015 received a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its superior stroke care for the third year in a row.

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