VVMC offers low-cost women’s heart screenings

Aug. 28, 2012

To help educate and protect women in the Verde Valley against heart disease, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) has developed Take Heart – Women’s Heart Wellness and Screening Program to screen for cardiovascular disease.

The screening takes only 45 minutes and costs just $40. The screening is by appointment only from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in VVMC’s Cardiology Department, 269 S. Candy Lane. To reserve an appointment time, call 928 639-6509. Men also are encouraged to take advantage of the program.

VVMC is sponsoring the screening to bring attention to heart disease in women. Heart disease kills more women each year than all cancers combined and can affect women of any age. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but many are unaware of the threat they face.
“In the U.S., cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women over the age of 65, and the second leading cause of death in women between the ages of 45 to 64 – yet it is mistakenly thought to be a man’s disease,” said Samuel Butman, M.D., interventional cardiologist. “This misconception places women at an even greater risk of death because they fail to seek treatment. Screenings like ours provide an opportunity for women to learn if they are at risk for heart disease, and then to work with a heart-care expert to develop strategies for treatment and prevention.”  

The Take Heart screening program includes: 
• Resting EKG interpreted by a cardiologist
• Body Mass Index 
• Resting blood pressure and heart rate
• Fasting cholesterol test (HDL, LDL and total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels)
• Blood glucose test to screen for diabetes risk
• Heart-health questionnaire
• Private consultation with a health educator trained in cardiac risk factor management
• Take Heart booklet with information about your results

To learn more about the programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit or call 928 634-2251.

Women & Heart Disease Fact Sheet from the American Heart Association

More common than you may think:
• More than 42 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease
• More than 8 million women have a history of heart attack and/or angina
• Five and a half million women will suffer angina

More fatal than any other disease:
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women, killing more than a third of them
• 35.3% of deaths in American women over the age of 20, or more than 432,000, are caused by cardiovascular disease each year
• More than 200,000 women die each year from heart attacks – five times as many women as breast cancer
• More than 159,000 women die each year of congestive heart failure, accounting for 56.3% of all heart failure deaths

Who is at-risk?
• Cigarette smoking results in a two to three times increased risk of dying from heart disease
• Women with high cholesterol – 48% of adult women have a total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL
• Sedentary women – 50% of Caucasian women, 64% of African-American women, 60% of Hispanic women and 53% of Asian/Pacific Islander women are sedentary and get no leisure time physical activity
• Overweight women – 58% of Caucasian women, 80% of African-American women and 74% of Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese
• Women with diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have heart attacks

Heart disease affects more women than men:
• More women than men die of heart disease each year
• 23% of women and 18% of men will die within one year of a first recognized heart attack
• 22 to 32% of women and 15 to 27% of men heart attack survivors will die within five years
• 12 to 25% of women and 7 to 22% of men heart attack survivors will be diagnosed with heart failure within five years
• Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack
• Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies