According to the American Heart Association, approximately every 42 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Abington resident, Donald Mathison became part of that startling statistic when he experienced a massive heart attack at 57 years old. Though he had a family history of heart disease—his father even dying from a massive heart attack at a young age—it still came as a complete shock to him and his family, because he led a very active, healthy lifestyle.
Hollywood movies have in many ways shaped our image of a typical heart
attack victim—the overweight middle-aged man who smokes, falling to the ground while gripping his chest. The real-life picture includes a much wider spectrum of the population, including women who don’t always have those telltale signs. In fact, heart disease and stroke are the cause of 1 in 3 deaths among women each year—more than all cancers combined. While a startling statistic, only 56 percent of women actually identify cardiovascular disease as the greatest health problem facing them today.
While women are more apt to seek health care than males for a variety of reasons, women tend to chalk up heart disease symptoms to less life-threatening conditions such as acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. This laissez-faire mindset often means women wait longer than men to go to an emergency room when having a heart attack.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. When it comes to heart disease, women experience unique causes, symptoms and outcomes when compared to men. In addition, certain conditions or unique factors appear to increase heart disease risk in women. If you think you or a loved one is at high risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor about making an appointment with a cardiologist.
Join us on Thursday, February 23, from 6-7pm at South Shore Medical Center—143 Longwater Drive, Norwell—for a FREE event, Seven Steps to Improve your Heart Health to learn strategies for a better YOU. Please register online to RSVP for the event or contact Katie Howard for more information 781-624-4050.
Every year, millions of Americans pledge their New Year’s resolutions—vowing to make a healthy start to the year ahead. While diet and exercise changes top the list, preventive care and health screenings are just as important to start your year off right.
South Shore Hospital’s new Chief of Vascular Surgery Edward Marcaccio, MD, Brigham and Women's Surgical Associates, joined South Shore Health System in September. Before assuming the role, he served as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Marcaccio spent the last 22 years building an innovative vascular program at Rhode Island Hospital and is thrilled to be back in the Boston area where he trained as a surgical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We sat down with him recently to learn more about his plans to make South Shore Health System the region’s leader in vascular care.