HealthBreak | Women's Heart Health Clinic
2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the Providence Missoula Women's Heart Health Program at the International Heart Institute of Montana. "The program is designed specifically for women," explains Deborah Sybrant, PAC - director of the program at Providence. "For $50, women receive a 12-lead EKG; Fasting Cholesterol Panel; Fasting Blood Sugar Panel; and three appointments over the course of a year to identify your risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease. We teach you how to modify those risk factors, so that you don't have to die from a heart attack or stroke." Most women's heart health risk factors can be modified, and those modifications can save your life. These include smoking; controlling high blood pressure or high cholesterol; and managing diabetes. "If you have a change in your status - if you have chest discomfort, shortness of breath, unusual back or abdominal pain - and your gut says there is something wrong, get checked out immediately," Deborah advises. To find out more about the Women's Heart Health Program in Missoula, visit http://IHIMontana.org.