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Cardiologists Stress Priorities for Women’s Heart Health at ‘Go Red Goes North’ Expo

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Left to right: Dr. Aaron Kaibas; Susan Hoying, certified nurse practitioner; and Dr. William Czajka participate in a cardiology question and answer panel at the Go Red Goes North expo Sept. 18 at Edison Community College in Piqua.

Daily actions women can take to help prevent heart disease include eating right, knowing their cholesterol and other important health numbers and keeping active.

“Stay on the move,” William Czajka, M.D., Board Certified cardiologist, told participants at the first ‘Go Red Goes North’ expo Sept. 18 at Edison Community College in Piqua. The event was presented by Upper Valley Medical Center in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red’ initiatives focused on promoting women’s heart health.

“Everyone hears advice such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking at the far end of a parking lot and walking to their destination. Those things really work,” Dr. Czajka said.  The best exercise overall is swimming, he added.

Aaron Kaibas, DO, Interventional Cardiologist, also emphasized exercise, noting recommendations of 30 minutes of exercise three times a week are being revised to “five times…and more, if possible.”

The local cardiologists joined Susan Hoying, certified nurse practitioner, in a UVMC cardiology professionals question and answer panel at the ‘Go Red’ event attended by several hundred women.

Other prevention advice offered by the panel stressed stopping smoking, eating right and knowing your numbers for cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

“Know your family risks and work with your primary care physician,” Hoying added.

“The best thing a patient can do when visiting the cardiologist is to have a willingness to open up so we know what is going on,” Dr. Czajka said. “The physician listens to what the patient is saying because that usually tells us where we are going to go in working with that patient,” he said.

Women may exhibit different heart attack symptoms than men, though there are variations in ways heart problems show up in both men and women, the doctors noted.

“A lot of people will mistake weakness or flu-like symptoms to be something other than the heart,” Dr. Kaibas said. He and the others advised that people should check with their primary care physician if something unusual or bothersome is taking place with their health.

The American Heart Association reports that chest pain is the most common heart attack warning sign in both men and women. Women, though, may be less likely than men to report chest pain during a heart attack and more likely to report other symptoms, the AHA said.

In addition to the Cardiology question and answer panel, UVMC also provided free health screenings, fitness/nutritional counseling and informational handouts. 

Mike Maiberger, UVMC President and CEO, said UVMC was pleased to sponsor the ‘Go Red’ event as part of its dedication to caring for its communities with health and wellness education as well as top notch medical practitioners and services. 

For more information on local cardiac/cardiology services, visit us online or call CareFinders 866-608-3463.