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Banner Heart Hospital to expand Women’s Heart Center in February


MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2012) -- Banner Heart Hospital will expand its Women’s Heart Center in February to a full-service center on the first floor of the facility, located at 6750 E. Baywood Ave.

The Women’s Heart Center, which has operated as an informational program since 2009, can now provide more preventative screenings and seminars to help reduce deaths caused by heart disease in women. The Center is the first of its kind in Arizona’s East Valley, and one of less than 50 nationwide.

The expansion will allow the hospital to better raise awareness of the risk and symptoms of heart disease throughout the Valley, and is possible largely due to donations raised through former Banner Heart Hospital patient Carol Peterson’s “Golf is Where the Heart Is” annual event.

The Women’s Heart Center offers timely information and assistance to women through:

  • Education: Free community presentations, and online and printed resources.
  • Assessment: Free tools that help patients determine their risk for heart disease, as well as a comprehensive $25 heart health check by appointment. 
  • Consultation: Help for high-risk patients in finding the right physician. Women at risk will be referred to cardiologists who can help them identify the true extent of their heart disease and help delay or prevent their first heart attack, which could be fatal.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the U.S. The risk and incidence of heart disease starts to increase in women at age 40, yet many women are not aware of the symptoms of heart disease. Many think of it as a "men's" disease. Women are accustomed to being caregivers. They tend to dismiss their own symptoms and take longer to seek medical attention.

"Women don't develop heart disease as early as men, but their risk is just as great," said Iva Smolens, MD, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon and the medical director of the Women's Heart Center.

For more information, call the Women’s Heart Center at (480) 321-4YOU (4968).

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