Community Memorial and Colgate University Present Go Red for Women Lunch and Learn Event

Feb. 10, 2016 – Treated to a complimentary healthy brown bag lunch, event attendees heard from three Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) providers: David Grover, PA and Ray Carlson, MD from Hamilton Heart Center and Cindy Marshall, NP from CMH Family Health Centers in a panel discussion moderated by Colgate University’s Adjunct Professor of the Health Sciences and Student Health Services Director Merrill Miller, MD. Each presenter spoke on a different topic relating to current cardiovascular risk, recommendations and treatment specific to women.

The common warning from each presenter was: if you smoke, stop. Cindy Marshall stated, “It is the one thing you can do that is completely in your control.” Other lifestyle risks which contribute to an increased risk for heart disease are lack of exercise, diabetes, obesity and alcohol abuse. But it wasn’t just the risk factors mentioned that were eye opening for the attendees.

“Women are more likely to die from a cardiac event than men because women’s symptoms are quite different. You rarely hear about the common crushing chest pain in women and as such, women typically ignore their symptoms or attribute them to some other ailment,” said David Grover, PA. He went on to discuss current research in the area of women’s cardiovascular disease including stroke risk and interventional techniques. Dr. Ray Carlson added a different spin on the discussion, demonstrating statistics which show that the field of cardiology is a male dominated specialty in medicine and may result in a lack of understanding of women’s symptoms and risk factors.

“Female patient encounters with a female cardiologist take on a very different tone than with their male counterparts, and, as such, create more opportunity to catch early onset cardiovascular disease through diagnostic testing and interventional cardiology,” said Dr. Carlson. He added that women should be empowered to understand their bodies and accurately describe symptoms to their providers. Spirit of Women at Community Memorial Hospital is committed to this idea.

“We know that 85% of healthcare decisions in the United States are made by women; either for themselves as patients or for others as caregivers. Putting information in the hands of patients where they can easily access it creates a pathway to better health outcomes for all,” said Dawn Sampson, Spirit of Women Director at CMH.

Spirit of Women will hold four educational events this year, the next event is slated for Monday, May 23 and the focus will be on breast health. For more information on these events and Spirit of Women at Community Memorial Hospital, please visit our website at https://communitymemorial.spirithealth.com/ or call (315) 824-6234.