Allegheny Health Network Specialists Invite Women throughout the Region to ‘Take Healthy Living to Heart’

Free ‘Health for Her’ Educational Programs to Take Place in Peters, Jefferson Hills, Wexford and Murrysville

There’s a very good reason why women should take better care of their heart, according to Mitsuko Takahashi, MD a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Allegheny Health Network Cardiovascular Institute at Jefferson Hospital. More women in this country die of cardiovascular disease than stroke, lung cancer and breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Unlike the other diseases, signs of heart disease typically are silent until a woman’s condition is very critical,” Dr. Takahashi says. And in one study, only 53 percent of women said they would call 911 if they experienced symptoms of a heart attack. But 79 percent said they would call 911 if someone else was having a heart attack.

“We’re very good at taking care of others before we take care of ourselves,” she said.

Allegheny Health Network specialists will help women take steps to reduce their risk for heart disease through basic lifestyle changes at a series of free “Health for Her” educational programs.

“Taking Healthy Living to Heart” programs are scheduled in Peters, Jefferson Hills, Wexford and Murrysville as follows:

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Peters Township Health + Wellness Pavilion, 160 Gallery Drive, McMurray. Presenting the program will be J. Travis Wilson, MD, cardiologist. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Jefferson Hospital, James Bibro Building, second floor, Jefferson Room, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills. The presentation will be by Steven J. Czak, DO, interventional cardiologist, and James D. Waechter, EP, MS, exercise physiologist. A light meal will be provided.

Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, 12311 Perry Highway, Wexford. Presenting the program will be Anita Radhakrishnan, MD, cardiovascular disease specialist, and James D. Waechter, EP, MS, exercise physiologist. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Murrysville Commons, first floor, Community Room, 4262 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. Presenting the program will be Andrew Pogozelski, MD, cardiologist, and Jennifer Dixon, MS-EP, RN, manager, Forbes Hospital Cardiac Rehab. Light refreshments will be provided.

Free parking for participants is available at each of the program locations. There is no registration fee, but seating is limited. Call 412.469.7002 to register for any of the programs. Details about “Health for Her” programs at all AHN locations and additional registration information can be found at https://www.ahn.org/specialties/womens-health/support-services.

About Health for Her

Allegheny Health Network’s award-winning “Health for Her” program provides women with free health and wellness education on timely and relevant topics, empowering women to take health into their own hands. Programs are offered across AHN’s broad service area.  The “Health for Her” initiative is a past winner of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) statewide Community Outreach and Engagement Award for exceptional patient care services.

Categories: 2016