SEE RED, WEAR RED
I have the pleasure of knowing and being a patient of Dr. Annabelle Volgman, MD and her colleague Lynne Braun PhD, ANP from the Rush Department of Cardiology. In 2001, the American Heart Association started a campaign to increase awareness about heart disease in women. In 2003, the Rush Heart Center for Women opened its doors to prevent and treat heart disease in women. Annabelle and Lynne were involved with the inception of the awareness campaign. To show her support for the Go Red for Women Campaign, Annabelle wears red every day to remind people that the number one cause of death among women is still heart disease. Heart disease still claims the lives of 1 in 3 women. But because women often have different risk factors and symptoms than men, many women aren’t aware they’re at risk.
Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of American women and men, but there has been tremendous progress over the last decade. In 2013, because of these efforts, there are now fewer women dying of heart disease than men. Rush Heart Center for Women has taken care of thousands of women by treating and preventing heart disease. Women have noted that stress, anxiety about their disease and concern about how they will be able to care for themselves and for their loved ones is their top priority. To accommodate these concerns, RHCW services include a nutritionist, an integrative cardiologist, a cardio-oncologist, a genetic counselor and a cognitive neurologist to provide innovative care and offer prevention strategies to increase the quality of life of the women who receive care at the RHCW. Our mission is to help women and their families live healthier lives through prevention and treatment of heart disease and strokes.