Nine months can seem like a lifetime, especially when you’re anxiously awaiting the newest member of your family. What should you be doing during this exciting (and sometimes scary) time aside from… waiting? The second half of your pregnancy is an ideal time to start planning for your baby’s arrival, including the childbirth experience itself.
Being an expectant parent is a monumental experience, one that comes with a plethora of information and advice at your disposal. Like any new life-changing event, many first-time parents will add a host of parenting books to their home or tablet library and even participate in parenting education opportunities to prepare them for what lies ahead. While subjects such as birth outcomes and breastfeeding are common topics of interest, many parents go through pregnancy without ever learning information on the potential medical value of the stem cells in a baby’s umbilical cord blood.
South Shore Hospital’s Breast Care Center has been granted another three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Philanthropist, humanitarian and a grateful South Shore Hospital patient, Marita Carpenter is an exemplar of community spirit whose extraordinary generosity and commitment to the mission of South Shore Health System has been steadfast over the years.
As former President of the Social Service League of Cohasset, Marita advocated for senior citizens, teens and families in crisis. Through the league’s mission of identifying and assisting disadvantaged individuals of all age groups within the community, Marita has directly helped hundreds of people in need.
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.