02 February – Heart Health

#ENVIVO ÁmateAhora Con Marta Medina y Vicente Serrano Sin Censura 750AM

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Hablamos sobre ÁmateAhora
Nuestro mensaje-
El Saber es Poder…ÁmateAhora
Estamos creando la experiencia de poder y paz. La tranquilidad de llegar a un acuerdo con nuestro estado de salud. Y collaborando con lideres ESTAMOS mobilizando Familias, Communidades, El Mundo.

Hablamos sobre El Reto de 90Dias en estas Temporadas Festivas
Ámate Ahora 2014 WinterChallengeHablamos sobre WomenHeart
Hace tres años mi papá murió de acaloramiento, tubo un ataque fulminante y mi mamá es recipiente de un marcapasos por el descuido del Diabetes. Te Pregunto, Conocemos un familiar, amigo, un vecino que a muerto de una condición preventible? 600,000 personas mueren de enfermedades cardiovasular en E.U. eso es 1 en 4 muertes al año. 70% de las mujeres latinas tienen un factor. Y 15% tienen tres factores.

Como recién nombrada Campiona de Salud Cardiovascular por WomenHeart. Aprendí después de ver un Cardiólogo que tengo un soplo. Ahora se que es un problema estructural/de naciemiento. WomenHeart ha sido una gran ayuda y apoyo. Tambien soy Co-Lider de un grupo de apoyo de WomenHeart en RUSH- Oak Park Medical Center, mensual.

El No Saber es Problema!
El factor #1 de mortalidad en la mujer hispana es la enfermedad cardiovascular.
Para mas información visiten http://www.womenheart.org o llamen al 773-587-5909c para participar en un grupo de apoyo de WomenHeart.

Que hacer ahora!

  • No fumen
  • Perder el Sobre Peso
  • Chequear el nivel del Colesterol
  • Chequear el nivel del Azúcar, Diabetes
  • Chequear el nivel del la Precisión

Como portavoz de WomenHeart yo estaré trabajando con la campaña, Para La Mujer Hispana en Febrero con Burlington Coat Factory. Comenzamos Feb 3 en el 1121 S. Canal. Donde estaremos dando informacion en español sobre la salud del corazon. Para donaciones escribe cheques: WomenHeart y pasen al evento. El Saber es Poder, ÁmateAhora!

Chequean el video de la campaña, Para La Mujer Hispana gracias a Burlington Coat Factory y WomenHeart.


“Pump Brain” and Cognition

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Join our Rush/WomenHeart of ChicagoWest Meet Up Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Rush Heart Center for Women. This patient support group is for women,

of all ages, with or at risk for, heart disease.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5:45pm – 7:30pm

Location: Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Medical Office Building

2nd Floor, Room 2000, 610 S Maple St., Oak Park, IL

Program: Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, MD, Neurologist, Rush Memory Clinic

Topic: “Pump Brain” and Cognition

WH-ChicagoWest@womenheart.org or call (847) 404-2952 for additional information.

For more information on WomenHeart of Chicago West, contact

Complimentary parking around the hospital and medical building

Free of charge and priceless! Light, heart-healthy appetizers served

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  • Associate professor of neurological sciences
  • Clinical core co-leader, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Senior attending neurologist, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP)
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Minority Aging Research Study (MARS)
  • Physician referral line: (312) 942-3333


  • B.Sc. (Honors), 1984, University of Windsor, Biology
  • MD, 1988, Chicago Medical School, Medicine
  • Residency, 1992, Henry Ford Hospital, Neurology
  • Fellowship, 1996, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center/Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Academic Interests

Aggarwal’s academic interests focus on understanding the cognitive, physical and psychosocial changes that occur in individuals as they age. Specific areas of her work include community-based participatory research focusing on risk factors for cognitive decline, with a special emphasis on how vascular disease and neuroimaging changes relate to cognitive functioning and Alzheimer’s disease in minority populations.

Clinical Interests

Diagnosis and clinical management of persons with all types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, Fronto-temporal dementia and Vascular dementia). Clinical trial specialist with expertise in National Institute on Aging-funded trials (Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study- ADCS) and pharmaceutical trials.

Representative Publications

  1. Aggarwal  NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, De Jager PL, Bennett DA, Evans DA, DeCarli C. The Association of MRI Measures with Cognitive Function in a Biracial Population Sample Arch Neurol 2010:67(4):475-482
  2. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck TL, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Motor Dysfunction in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Risk of Incident Alzheimer’s disease Arch Neurol 2006:63:1763-1769
  3. Aggarwal NT, Bienias JL, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Morris MC, Schneider JA, Shah RC, Evans DA. The Relation of Cigarette Smoking to Incident Alzheimer’s disease in a Biracial Urban Population Neuroepidemiology, 2006: 26:140-146
  4. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, Berry-Kravis E, Bennett DA. The Apolipoprotein E e4 allele and Incident Alzheimer’s disease in Person’s with Mild Cognitive Impairment Neurocase 2005:11, 3-7
  5. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck T, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Mild Cognitive Impairment in Different Functional Domains and Incident Alzheimer’s disease Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2005:76:1479-84

Your fork, fingers and feet can determine your fate via Dr. Joel Kahn #amateahora

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Imagine walking out of the doctor’s office for your check up at age 50 and beaming because you were told that you were at super low risk for heart disease. In fact, the doctor said you had ideal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting glucose and smoking status. Would you be surprised that ideal levels are found in only a small number of those checked? Did they get their healthy heart status by luck or did they have lifestyle habits early in life that promoted winning the “ideal” status banner? Can you plan, even in your teens or 20’s to do the same? read more http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/plant-powered-diet-youth-healthy-heart/

Love you momma Madrigal

CARDIA Study Shows Choices Matter When it Comes to Preventing Heart Disease

The Coronary Artery Risk Development in (Young) Adults Study or CARDIA has been studying the health of thousands of people recruited when they were 18-30 years old and followed for 20 years or more. They reported on habits associated with having this “ideal” heart status and the lessons are instructive and simple for all. At the beginning of the study, 44 percent had low risk heart status mainly because they were so young, and the “ideal” measurements by 20 years of follow-up fell to 25 percent of the group. Apparently things like getting older, jobs and raising families challenge us to remain on a healthy path.

The researchers looked at five simple lifestyle habits to see how they related to having the low cardiac risk at year 20. These habits were: not smoking, optimal body weight, and diet habits that incorporated higher amounts of fiber (think plants), potassium (think plants), calcium (think nuts and seeds) and less saturated fats (again think plants.) Regular physical activity and average alcohol intake (vs. none) were the other lifestyle habits measured. They also looked at a second score (AHEI) of food items and gave point for higher levels of eating vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry, non-meat protein like nuts and soy, whole grains, low trans fats, moderate alcohol intake, and a higher polyunsaturated to saturated fat intake.

The Results Are In

Drum roll please! Whether judged by the five lifestyle habits or the multi-component AHEI food score, the better the lifestyle at a young age, the greater was the chance of ending up in middle age with a low heart disease risk status. It is not chance, it is lifestyle choices baby! You are in control. Your fork, fingers and feet can determine your fate.

For example, participants who practiced all five lifestyle habits had a 60 percent low risk heart status compared to participants with zero to one healthy habits who had about a five percent chance of being rated low risk in mid-life. That is a big difference that will result in a much better chance of living a normal span of years without illness and disability. The same trend and numbers existed for those with the highest points on the AHEI score vs the lowest. The most powerful predictor of ending up low risk in mid-life was…..never smoking as the other positive lifestyle habits were most common in those that also chose to never smoke. So give it up now if you are still smoking. Eat leaves, don’t smoke them!

From a Doc’s Perspective

I heard a piece of ancient Indian wisdom this week I want to share. It says “A person with health has 1000 dreams while a person without good health has only one dream.” The message of the CARDIA trial is that you are never too young, or too old, to plan to lower your risk of heart disease, the number one killer in Western society. Failing to plan is planning to fail and it will steal your dreams. Never smoke, eat lots of your damn vegetables and fruits, work out, stay thin by passing up on extra processed junk foods, and enjoy a glass of wine now and then. Please keep my waiting room empty.


What is a Heart Murmur and How Does it Relate to Valve Problems? #amateahora

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If you have a heart murmur, you may be wondering what it means. Your physician may have told you that it was an “innocent murmur” or you may have been referred for further tests. This American Heart Association video explains the causes of heart murmurs and what you may need to know about your heart health. Visit http://www.heart.org/heartvalves for more information about valve problems.

Saving and Improving Lives in the Information Age at AHA Scientific Sessions 2014

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American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions – “Four presenters: Laurie J Morrison, Gavin D Perkins, Carrie A. Sims, Martin Schreiber at” D2-ReSS1 – Chicago, IL #AHA14 Click the link above to view pictures of conference.

AHA2014_RW_SAT_AM00278a-X3AHA 2014 Scientific Sessions – Attendees and speakers at ReSS Session III: Best Abstract Awards acknowledged, Saturday November 15, 2014 during the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions at the McCormick Convention Center.

What’s the big news at Scientific Sessions 2014? Hear from Dr. Elliott Antman, President of the American Heart Association and Dr. Mariell Jessup, Past President.

WomenHeart Sisters at Chicago FireHouse, celebrating our participation at the 2014 AHA Scientific Sessions

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ginormousThe American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions has the best science and leading cardiovascular conference for basic, translational, clinical and population science, in the United States. Scientific Sessions attracts more than 17,000 attendees, with a global presence from more than 100 countries. In addition to 1.5 million medical professionals who participated virtually in lectures and discussions about basic, translational, clinical and population science. 10649065_10152403783920267_8

WomenHeart sisters are preparing for our extraordinary opportunity to share our HeartStories and our passion for HeartHealth at the AHA Scientific Sessions. WomenHeart was founded by three women who had heart attacks while in their 40s. In addition to being faced with many obstacles, including misdiagnosis and social isolation, they were each amazed how little information about or services for women with heart disease were available and how the issue seemed invisible within the women’s health community. But in March 1999 everything changed. Today their are 650 National WomenHeart Community Educators, Support Network Coordinators, and Spokespersons.

10329908_891328514232486_4136584246206252191_oA few days ago! WomenHeart’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Mary McGowan attended the Hearst Magazines Master Class event in New York City that marks the launch of Fight the Ladykiller! Pictured on stage at the Hearst Master Class are Dr. Holly Andersen from the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Noel Bairey Merz of Cedar Sinai Medical Center, and Barbra Streisand!


This weeks AHA Scientific Session Programming is designed to improve patient care by communicating the most timely and significant advances in basic, clinical, translational and population health research, spanning the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease from a variety of perspectives, from prevention, through diagnosis and through treatment. Sessions includes five days of comprehensive, unparalleled education through more than 5,000 presentations, with 1,000 invited faculty, and 4,000 abstract presentations; all from the world’s leaders in cardiovascular disease. It also includes more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest cardiovascular technology and resources.

Leading the way to discovery in the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, it is my pleasure to welcome the members of the American Heart Association gathered for the 2014 Scientific Sessions.”
ginormous-1Read all of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s welcome letter (PDF).

When and Where

Nov 15-19, 2014
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL