20, 20, 2-4 Hours To Go...

20, 20, 2-4 Hours To Go...

24 hour heart rate monitors may tell you more than you know about your future heart health--especially if you are young and have no symptoms. 

What is Heart Screening For Young Women?

What is Heart Screening For Young Women?

"I was reading one of your blogs and am wondering what CVD screening actually is exactly - in other words, what kinds of tests are done if you have no risk factors."

Heartability Invited to Chicago Heart Ball

Heartability is honored to be invited to attend the Chicago Heart Ball on April 9, 2016. You can participate too by joining us after for the "Crash the Ball," the official bonus bash after party. 

JOIN US FOR THE AFTER PARTY!

More info:  Hosted by the Associate Board of Chicago (ABC), Crash the Ball is the official bonus bash of the ABC for the American Heart Association’s Chicago Heart Ball.  Festivities for Crash the Ball kick-off at 9:30 pm with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing to sounds of the Late Nite Band’s Party Gras and more!

"The Chicago Heart Ball, attended by more than 850 individuals from Chicago's business, medical and social communities, is theannual black-tie gala benefiting the American Heart Association's life saving mission.  The evening's festivities begin with a pre-event reception that includes an amazing silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, inspiring program, a spectacular live auction and incredible entertainment. The night ends with our Ignite the Night After Party.   It is a night you don't want to miss! "

 

Heartability Featured on NBC's Today Show

On February 15m, 2016, Heartability was a featured on The Today Show as part of their stories with Heart series for Valentine's Day. If you aren't already familiar with the backstory of how Heartability got started, please check it out. From cardiac arrest, to love, to families coming together, to the founding of our organization... it's complete with a wedding and surprise ending! 

Everything about Heartability was born out of a second life and a will to live and help other young women do just that in a heart healthy way. Far too many young women are uneducated about how to take care of our hearts, how to talk to our doctors and how to understand that our hearts are different and have different risks. Heartability was formed to change all that--to change the future of women's heart health by starting with a younger generation and working forward.

Please consider donating to our cause, or volunteering your efforts! 


PMS Symptoms Tied to High Blood Pressure

As many as 15% of women experience mild to severe PMS symptoms. Now new evidence suggests a 40% increased risk of early onset hypertension. Even when adjusting for body mass index, pack years of cigarette smoking, physical activity, alcohol use, post menopausal hormone use, birth control use and family history, the researchers at UMASS Amherst and Harvard found that women with significant PMS symptoms still had a 40% increased risk. 

Risk of High Blood Pressure in women with PMS

women with symptoms of PMS have a 40% increased risk of CVD when compared to their counterparts. When they increased their Vit B intake, that risk decreased 25%.

The researchers also found that the risk of PMS symptoms was reduced 25-35% with high dietary intake of Vitamin B Thiamine and Riboflavin, suggesting that the healthy intake of vitamin B could reduce early onset hypertension by more than half. 

The researcher, epidemiologist Elizabeth Berton-Johnson said, "To my knowledge, this is the first large long term study to suggest that PMS may be related to risk of chronic health conditions in later life." Details of her study are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Few studies have directly evaluated the association of PMS with blood pressure or risk of hypertension, but a handful provide some support for the existence of underlying difference in vascular physiology in women with PMS compared to symptom-free women, which could plausibly predispose PMS cases to hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life."

If you have significant symptoms of PMS, you may want to check your heart. This new data suggests a strong correlation between PMS symptoms and a different physiology in women. 

 

After Shock: Say What?

After Shock: Say What?

The After shock settled and I noticed a strange new symptom of my heart condition: hearing loss. I had never heard of hearing loss being a predictor or CVD, so this was news to me. After a little more digging--reading research from nearly 60years prior--I found a connection between early onset hearing loss and heart disease. 

Heart Breakdown

Heart Breakdown

The way they organize your specific form of heart disease is about to have a major overhaul if you are a young woman.

Heart disease in young women presents differently, and most women don't know that. A new analysis of data from researchers at Yale, sheds light on the need for a new system of organizing myocardial infarction that is specific to a younger group of women, since the disease acts differently in this demographic.

New CVD Data Suggests Earlier Screening in Young Women

New CVD Data Suggests Earlier Screening in Young Women

 

In recent decades, "CHD prevention guidelines may disproportionately underestimate risk in the young population, undermining prevention efforts," possibly because of less traditional risk factor patterns.

Recommendations include cardiovascular disease screenings by primary care physicians, gynecologists and obstetricians.