02 February – Heart Health

Join me at The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, BEST leading science and cardiovascular conference.

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large-1IL- NOVEMBER 2014: The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions for basic, translational, clinical and population science. Join the global leaders in the cardiovascular community in Chicago 2014- McCormick Place. Nov 15-19, 2014

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CHICAGO Hypertension Highlights at Scientific Sessions 2014

• Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Hypertension
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:30–6:45 pm
• Hypertension 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:00–10:15 am
• Contribution of Arterial Stiffness to the Development
of Hypertension: From Bench to Bedside
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:30–8:45 am
• The Pressures of Aging
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:30–6:45 pm
• Joint AHA/American Society of Hypertension Session:
Can We Identify Response Markers to Antihypertensive Drugs?
Wednesday November 19, 9:00–10:15 am

Chicago McCormick Place

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Scientific Sessions – 5 Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to the Scientific Sessions program for all 5 days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Sunday November 16-Tuesday, November 18th.
Does not include access to the Resuscitation Science Symposium, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $225

Scientific Sessions – 1 Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to the Scientific Sessions Conference program for 1 day and access to the Science & Technology Hall on that same day.
Cannot be combined with the Resuscitation Science Symposium 2 Day Conference, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $600

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Resuscitation Science Symposium 2-Day Conference Package Description
Saturday, November 15–Sunday, November 16

Includes access to the Resuscitation Science Symposium program on both days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Sunday, November 16.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $100

Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium 2-Day Conference Package Description
Tuesday, November 18–Wednesday, November 19

Includes access to Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium on both days and access to the Science & Technology Hall Tuesday, November 19.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Resuscitation Science Symposium, or Arrhythmia Research Summit. $225

Arrhythmia Research Summit – 1 Day Conference Package Description
Wednesday, November 19

Access to the Arrhythmia Research Summit program ONLY.
Does NOT include access to the Scientific Sessions Conference, Resuscitation Science Symposium, Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Nursing Symposium, or the Science & Technology Hall since the Hall will be closing on Tuesday, November 18th. $225

SCAD came without warning. Causing heart attacks in pregnant women and women under 50. Learn more.

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Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, or SCAD Posted by In the Loop (@intheloop) Mayo Clinic.

Sharonne Hayes, M.D., founder of Mayo’s Women’s Heart Clinic in Rochester and one of the country’s leading researchers of SCAD, tells The Times that most SCAD patients don’t show any “traditional” heart attack symptoms of signs. The condition occurs when a tear forms suddenly in one of the blood vessels in the heart, slowing or blocking blood flow to the heart. “The vast majority of the patients we’ve seen with SCAD have whistle clean arteries,” she adds.

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SCAD Research, Inc. The presentation of the ceremonial check to Mayo Clinic represents the hard work and support of SCAD Survivors and their families as well as those families whose loved one did not survive. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to reach this milestone! Read more: http://intheloop.mayoclinic.org/…/mayos-scad-research-gets…/

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO ON SCAD 30secs https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=680868088625595

Testimonials
Judy Alico was just 51, with low blood pressure, low cholesterol, not overweight, and a non-smoker. She had a sudden heart attack and was not as lucky. Heidi lived to tell her story and work to help others. Judy’s husband, Bob, has made the search for answers his life’s work. Both came to Mayo Clinic to present a $100,000 check for research into spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. And they brought their personal stories with them.

Heidi Henson was young, a marathon runner who took good care of herself, and she nearly died of a heart attack at age 35. Judy Alico was just 51, with low blood pressure, low cholesterol, not overweight, and a non-smoker. She had a sudden heart attack and was not as lucky. Heidi lived to tell her story and work to help others. Judy’s husband, Bob, has made the search for answers his life’s work. Both came to Mayo Clinic to present a $100,000 check for research into spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. And they brought their personal stories with them.

The Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program has a new web page!
All the information patients and providers and collaborators need to know and access about SCAD and how to participate in our research or get an appointment in our SCAD Clinic. www.mayo.edu/research/scad

¿Sabía usted que la enfermedad cardiaca es la principal causa de muerte entre las mujeres y las hispanas están en mayor riesgo?

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Campaña Nacional Para Crear Conciencia Sobre la Importancia de la Salud del Corazón de las Mujeres.

Un reciente estudio indica que por lo menos el 71% de las mujeres hispanas tienen por lo menos un factor de riesgo asociado con enfermedades cardiacas.

Honored to make a difference by representing Illinois as a multicultural bilingual (Español/English) leader. There are now 650 WomenHeart Champions (reps in 49 states), 129+ Support Network Coordinators (SNC) (reps in 39 states) and 25% are women of color. The Class of 2014 had 40 of us on-boarding as National WomenHeart representatives. We attended the Mayo Clinic Science & Leadership Symposium in MN. http://www.womenheart.org

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ÁmateAhora is the only representative flying in from IL on-track as Bilingual Spokesperson and Co-Support Network Coordinator in a class of 40 national reps, we were 1 of 2 bilingual Spanish Speaking representatives. Special thanks to Alberta England and Eva Maciejewski for nominating and support us as we officiated. We will be supporting the Chicago-West Heart Health Network at Rush. Am a National Speaker for the Para la Mujer Hispana, WomenHeart Program.

WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 41 million American women living or at risk of heart disease. WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health.

Join me for our Monthly MeetUp for Women with Heart Disease http://t.co/59fDG4x9TL
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (6-7:30PM) and Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (6-7:30PM).

Join me for our Monthly MeetUp for Women with Heart Disease

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Join me at Rush/WomenHeart of Chicago West at our next meeting hosted by Rush Heart Center for Women. 

This patient support group is for women, of all ages, with or at risk for heart disease.

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Location:
Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Medical Office Building

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (6-7:30PM)

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Speaker: Dr. Lynne Braun, PhD, RN, CNP, Professor, Dept. of Adult and Gerontological Nursing, Rush

University College of Nursing,

Topic: Stress Management

LYNNE T. BRAUN, ANP, PHD, CNP, FPCNA, FAAN, FAHA

Dr. Lynne Braun is a nurse practitioner in the Rush Heart and Vascular Institute, focusing on preventive cardiology and women and heart disease. She is also a Professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing in the Rush College of Nursing. She completed a PhD in Nursing Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990, and a post-masters certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Rush University in 1997. She has been on faculty and has held a practice position at Rush University Medical Center since 1980. Her clinical and research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, exercise, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension management. She served as co-investigator for 3 research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, currently, a study entitled, “Reducing Health Disparity in African American Women: Adherence to Physical Activity.”  She is Past President of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Dr. Braun has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1980 in numerous capacities. Most recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Medical Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Go Red Luncheon, Illinois Advocacy Committee, and is Chairperson of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing. Dr. Braun is regular speaker at the AHA Scientific Sessions on topics related to cardiovascular disease prevention. She is a co-author of four AHA/ACC Scientific Statements, the AHA/ACC statement on Performance Measures for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and 2 AHA clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Braun is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, the National Lipid Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (6-7:30PM)

imgresSpeaker: Dr. Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, Cognitive Neurologist, Rush Memory Clinic, Rush University Medical Center

Topic: “Pump” Brain and Cognition

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An Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and a steering committee member at Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group, Dr. Aggarwal, is a cognitive neurologist with particular interest in all types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, fronto temporal dementia, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia). In addition to her active clinical practice, she continues to conduct original research in a variety of large scale community-based studies. She is the co-investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). In addition, she is a speaker to many community and business organizations that seek to gain a better understanding of the changes—cognitively and physically—in the aging process, and is an advisor for community-based and minority health initiatives.

A BREAKTHROUGH IN HEART PRESERVATION

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World’s first ‘dead heart’ transplants successful 

Jenn Gidman from Newser Staff reports, for 20 years, the heart transplant unit at Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital has been working hard to figure out a way to transplant a dead heWorld first 'dead heart' transplant successfulart into a live patient. Doctors from Sydney’s St. Vincent’s Hospital announced their work had paid off.

“They have successfully completed three transplants using hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes”, said to be the first such transplants in the world, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The secret to their success lies in cutting-edge technology and the preservation solution in which the non-beating hearts are immersed.

The heart is first placed in a special “heart in a box” machine that warms it up and keeps it beating for about four hours before the transplant operation. The preservation solution, which alone took 12 years to develop, minimizes damage to the organ after it has stopped beating and helps ensure it both survives the surgery and functions in the recipient’s body, Sky News reports.

OCS™ HEART: Portable Perfusion and Monitoring

TransMedics developed the OCS™ HEART system to overcome these challenges. This portable, warm perfusion and monitoring system is designed to

  • Increase transplantation volume
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Reduce cost of patient care

The OCS™ HEART is commercially available in Europe and Australia and is in clinical use in leading centers. The system is not available for commercial use in the U.S.  It is under clinical investigation in the U.S. and Europe.

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Read more… http://www.kens5.com/story/news/2014/10/24/first-dead-heart-transplant/17829957/

The Role of Diet and Inflammation in Heart Disease

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Join Rush/WomenHeart of Chicago West at our next meeting hosted by Rush Heart Center for Women. This patient support group is for women, of all ages, with or at risk for, heart disease. 

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The Medical Office Building is at 520 S Maple Ave, Oak Park.  Take the elevator to the second floor and turn north when you get off the elevator.  We should be right there.  Please bring a friend.

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Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Rush Oak Park Hospitals Medical Office Building

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

Program: The Role of Diet and Inflammation in Heart Disease

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For more information on WomenHeart of Chicago West, contact

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

Complimentary parking around the hospital and medical building

Free of charge and priceless! light, heart healthy appetizers served.

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WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 41 million American women living or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health

Mayor Emanuel Proclaims September 29 – October 3 Healthy Hearts Week in Chicago

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CDPH brings advocates together across Chicago to improve Heart Health

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared this week to be the first ever Chicago Healthy Hearts Week, bringing together the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and more than a dozen leading partners to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle and identify new ways to combat cardiovascular disease.

“Heart disease and strokes do not discriminate.  They affect all ages, races, religions and classes,” said Mayor Emanuel.  “As one of the country’s largest and most diverse cities, our Healthy Chicago, Healthy Hearts action plan will help us ensure we are doing everything we can to create healthy heart cultures in every Chicago neighborhood.”

Read more about the action plan, below.
http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cdph/CDPH/CDPH_CardiovascularHealthBrochure_v4.pdf

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Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer in both Chicago and the nation, claiming the lives of about 2,200 Americans each day. In Chicago, nearly 5,500 Chicagoans die each year because of cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke.

HEALTHY CHICAGO, HEALTHY HEARTS
SEVEN ACTION PRIORITIES
(from the Ten-Year Update of A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke)
1. Effective communication to support the prevention and public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act;
2. Strategic leadership, partnerships and organization to integrate public health and health care systems;
3. Taking action to put present knowledge to work with a health equity lens;
4. Building capacity by training the prevention workforce;
5. Evaluating impact by monitoring cardiovascular health towards achieving established targets;
6. Advancing policy by using research and epidemiologic intelligence to advance policy; and
7. Engaging in regional and global collaboration to link cardiovascular disease and non- communicable disease
prevention with regional and global partners.

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