#AmateAhora will be presenting today…
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We will be addressing well over 150 cadets, teachers, and health aficionados. Excited to share MyHeartStory, Obesity, CHD, and Living a Healthy Lifestyle. Viva Saludable!
Congenital heart defect (CHD)…
Congenital heart anomaly is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth. Many types of heart defects exist, most of which either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it, or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern. Other defects, such as long QT syndrome, affect the heart’s rhythm. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Approximately 9 people in 1000 are born with a congenital heart defect. Many defects do not need treatment, but some complex congenital heart defects require medication or surgery.
Congenital heart defects resulted in 323,000 deaths in 2013 down from 366,000 deaths in 1990.
Signs and symptoms are related to type and severity of the heart defect. Symptoms frequently present early in life, but it is possible for some CHDs to go undetected throughout life. Some children have no signs while others may exhibit shortness of breath, cyanosis, fainting,heart murmur, under-development of limbs and muscles, poor feeding or growth, or respiratory infections. Congenital heart defects cause abnormal heart structure resulting in production of certain sounds called heart murmur. These can sometimes be detected by auscultation; however, not all heart murmurs are caused by congenital heart defects.
The cause of congenital heart disease…
May be either genetic or environmental, but is usually a combination of both.
As noted in several studies following similar body mass index (BMI) ranges, prepregnant and gestating women, who were obese (BMI ≥ 30), carried a statistically significant risk of birthing children with congenital heart defects (CHD) compared to normal-weight women (BMI= 19–24.9). Although there are minor conflicting reports, there was significant support for the risk of fetal CHD development in overweight mothers (BMI= 25-29.9). Additionally, as maternal obesity increased, the risk of heart defects did too indicating a trend between BMI and CHD odds. Altogether, these results present reasonable concern for women to achieve a normal-weight BMI prior to pregnancy to help decrease risk for fetal heart defects.
A distinct physiological mechanism has not been identified to explain the link between maternal obesity and CHD, but both pre-pregnancy folate deficiency and diabetes have been implicated in some studies. Identification of the mechanism could aid health officials to develop reduction strategies and curb CHD’s prevalence in this preventable situation.
What’s Happening February? February is “Heart Health” Month
While every adult should be checked for heart health, women in particular need to focus on this issue. Burlington stores and WomenHeart have partnered together in support of this initiative. The Heart of Fitness Tour hits 10 National Locations. Join us! Stop by say hello I’ll be at 5 of the 10 locations. Se habla Español y Material en Español.
Reaching the more than 43 million women who are living with or at risk for heart disease is WomenHeart’s objective. Meet and Greet your very own National WomenHeart Champions.
There are over 600 of us. We are women with heart disease who have been trained to share our stories and important messages about heart health to empower women to take charge of our heart health.
Why at a Shopping Center? Shopping is one of the top ten ways women spend their time.
That’s where WomenHeart’s partnership with Burlington comes in! What better way to share potentially lifesaving heart health information with the most women possible than when they are shopping? This has been a formula for success for WomenHeart, who has partnered with Burlington stores for the past four years on nationwide educational outreach activities during February, American Heart Month, as well as the month of March.
Burlington Presenting the 2015 Heart of Fitness Tour
This year, WomenHeart and Burlington will once again join together to present a new Heart of Fitness Tour, an educational outreach initiative designed to reach women in ten cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.
Heart of Fitness Tour: Bonus Opportunity
February 1 through March 31, customers are invited to help raise funds to increase awareness about the importance of women’s heart health and support women living with heart disease. Burlington will support WomenHeart’s mission to empower women to take charge of their heart health by donating $1 for each dress sold in Burlington stores, up to $25,000, in February and March. Burlington customers will also be invited to make a donation to WomenHeart at the cash register in Burlington’s 590 retail locations. As a thank you for their donation, customers will receive a coupon for 20% off a purchase from 1-800-Flowers.com.
Heart of Fitness Events
- Medical professionals will offer complimentary heart health screenings, including blood pressure checks and heart disease risk factor screenings. At past events, customers have been identified and referred for medical evaluation for potential heart disease.
- Fitness instructors will lead participants in fun, moderate exercises.
- WomenHeart Champions — women heart disease survivors who have been trained to deliver community education — will be on hand to answer questions and distribute complimentary Red Bags of Courage, filled with heart health information and resources, in both English and Spanish.
Burlington Coat Factory Heart of Fitness Cities and Dates
Each event takes place 11:00 am- 4:00 pm. The fitness activity is scheduled Noon – 1:00 pm.
IL Meet Dr. Enrique Garcia-Sayan M.D. and Ask Leticia Madrigal, MA about her HeartStory – Valvular Heart Disorder Champion, HeartLand District. Tuesday, February 3 Chicago, IL (1100 South Canal St.)
NY Meet Dr. Claudia Serrano M.D. and Ask Leticia Madrigal, MA about her HeartStory– Valvular Heart Disorder Champion, HeartLand District, Chicago, IL
Thursday, February 4 New York, NY (40 E. 14th St.)
Thursday, February 6 New Jersey, NY (TBA)
Thursday, February 6 Puerto Rico (SR 2 & Main Ave.)
Tuesday, February 10 Dallas, TX (3131 Forest Ln.)
Thursday, February 12 Houston, TX (16311 F.M. 529)
Tuesday, February 17 Miami, FL (5737 NW 7th St.)
Thursday, February 19 Tampa, FL (955 W. Brandon Ave., Brandon)
Thursday, February 26 Atlanta (5766 Buford Hwy. North, Doraville)
AZ Meet Dr. Karla Campos M.D. and Ask Leticia Madrigal, MA about her HeartStory – Valvular Heart Disorder Champion, HeartLand District, Chicago, IL Tuesday, February 24 Phoenix, AZ (5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe)
LA Meet Dr. Enrique Garcia-Sayan M.D. and Ask Leticia Madrigal, MA about her HeartStory Thursday, February 26 Los Angeles (1201 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia) – Valvular Heart Disorder Champion, HeartLand District, Chicago, IL
ÁmateAhora is honored to make a difference by representing Illinois as a multicultural bilingual (Español/English) WomenHeart Champion.
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AmateAhora is the only representative flying from IL on-track as WomenHeart Champion Support Network Coordinator and National Spokesperson. Today September 27th we attended our 1st Webinar from WomenHeart before October’s National Science and Leadership Symposium.
We had the pleasure of listening in to 41 national representatives that will be attending the 2014 Mayo Clinic Science & Leadership Symposium this October in Rochester MN at the Mayo Clinic. Currently their are 656 WomenHeart Champions (49 states represented), 129 Support Network Coordinators “SNC” (39 states represented) and 25% are women of color.
Interested? Apply http://www.womenheart.org/?Programs_SL_Main
Today, nearly 70% of Hispanic-American women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but only 37% know heart disease is their leading health threat.
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Alberta England I just want to acknowledge you for really listening to me and you “got me”. You got that I have gained peace of mind and feel empowered by causing leaders to lead a healthy home. One family at a time, one life at a time. With that you extended a heartfelt invitation to join you and team up with WomenHeart. And I want you to know that I did it.
Thanks to you I am being considered as a Support Network Coordinator! And have expressed interest in being a National Spokesperson for WomenHeart. Donna Bright reviewed my application, Marinda Mullis interviewed me, received my letters of recommendation. Big thanks to Assistant Provost Israel Vargas MATD and Dr. Estella Hernandez MD for their endorsement. And medical clearance Dr. Mohahamed Dahodwala, MD,FACC from Cardiac Associates*. Stay tuned i’ll be blogging about his findings.
Just need one more item! We need you to contact Donna Bright to discuss opportunities you see as a Support Network Co-Coordinator or connect me to another network. Can you call her this Monday before 3pm at 202.464.8749.
Thanks again for your pristine listening and acknowledgement of the grand impact we can cause together and specifically the Hispanic/Latino community.
Are you interested! in becoming a WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator or Community Educator. Have questions? Follow this link. http://www.womenheart.org/
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If you are a woman living with heart disease and want to help other women by becoming a WomenHeart Champion volunteer community educator, apply today for the prestigious 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic! Or, if you are a woman heart disease survivor interested in establishing and leading a patient support group for women with heart disease at your local hospital through WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance, apply!
Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2014 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium. Symposium fees, meals, and hotel accommodations are covered. Deadline Labor Day Weekend. So apply today! to become a WomenHeart Champion or a Support Network Coordinator through a National Hospital Alliance member hospital! https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/womenheart.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Science_&_Leadership_2014/2014_Science_&_Leadership_Fa.pdf
Note to health care professionals: please share this announcement with patients who you think would make great volunteer community leaders, educators, advocates, and national spokespersons on the issue of women and heart disease. Act Now!
Applicants must complete and submit the application form, provide the other requested documentation, and participate in a 45 minute phone interview to be considered. For more information, call WomenHeart at 202-728-7199. https://womenheart.site-ym.com/?Programs_SL_Main