Mount Sinai Celebrates “Go Red For Women” For American Heart Month

January 29, 2024

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, with approximately a half million women dying each year from it.

In fact, it’s responsible for one in five deaths, and these cases are preventable 80 percent of the time.

Cardiovascular disease can impact women of any age—even in their 20s—and life events such as pregnancy and menopause can put women at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Women are often not aware of the seriousness of heart disease. Research has shown that less than 50 percent of women know about the level of risk.

In addition, women may have different symptoms than men, especially for heart attacks, and may respond differently to treatments or testing.


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Mount Sinai cardiologists say they’re seeing more cases of stress and anxiety contributing to heart problems among female patients, including high blood pressure, which poses an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Stress can increase hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which negatively impacts blood pressure and heart rate. Heart disease can also lead to anxiety, stress, and depression, creating a vicious cycle or worsening outcomes and less interest in preventive actions such as a healthy diet and appropriate levels of exercise.

“Go Red for Women” is an event to raise awareness about heart disease and risk factors affecting millions of women and families, aiming to prevent possible heart attack and stroke. Mount Sinai is hosting several Go Red Community Health Fairs. where our experts provide free heart health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride, and body mass index, as well as educational demonstrations and talks on nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.

A 25-year-old, new mom from NYC is sounding the alarm on the dangers of pregnancy and heart disease after a major scare.

She went into severe heart failure shortly after giving birth and doctors say if she waited just a few more days to get help, she wouldn’t have survived.

Our patient assumed she didn’t feel well because of exhaustion and the stress of being a new mom – she didn’t know the symptoms and warning signs of heart disease, and she’s sharing her story, hoping it can save someone’s life.

Pregnancy can put women at higher risk of developing heart disease. The problem is, this is something many new mothers don’t know about.

She and her doctors want to raise awareness on this issue during American Heart Month in February.

Where:

  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1 Gustave Levy Place (100th and Madison), Guggenheim Pavilion, First Floor
  • Mount Sinai Morningside,1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street, Babcock Lobby, First Floor
  • Mount Sinai West,1000 Tenth Avenue at West 58th Street, Main Lobby
  • Mount Sinai Brooklyn, 3201 Kings Highway, Main Lobby
  • Mount Sinai Union Square, 10 Union Square East Second Floor–Atrium
  • Mount Sinai Queens, 25-10 30th Avenue, Ambulatory Lobby
  • Mount Sinai South Nassau, One Healthy Way, Main Lobby
  • Mount Sinai Is a World Leader in Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital at The Mount Sinai Hospital ranks No. 1 in New York and No. 4 globally according to Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Specialized Hospitals.” It also ranks No. 1 in New York for cardiology, heart, and vascular surgery, according to U.S. News & World Report®.  

It is part of Mount Sinai Health System, which is New York City’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region.

We advance medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation.

The Health System includes approximately 7,400 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers.

Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report‘s® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report‘s® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2023-2024.

For more information, visit https://www.mountsinai.org 

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