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Women of Heart and Heart Champion Award Recipients

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Marjorie Stanek, MD
Cardiologist, Einstein Medical Center

Congratulations to Go Red For Women Woman of Heart Award Recipient

In 1977 Dr. Marjorie Stanek became the first full time female cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center, blazing the path for women in medicine for years to come. Dr. Stanek focuses on making sure that women understand that their risk factors do indeed increase as they get older. Heart disease is often delayed in generally healthy female patients, which can sometimes result in the avoidance of symptoms. Menopause creates change in a woman’s body, and many of these changes lead to factors that contribute to heart disease. “Pay attention to your body and don’t ignore signs of cardiac failure such as like fatigue and stomach pain,” Dr. Stanek warns. Women do not always experience traditional symptoms of cardiac failure, like shortness of breath and chest pain. “Symptoms may be overlooked by busy women, but should always be discussed with your doctor.”

Sandy Abramson, MD
Cardiologist, Lankenau Heart Institute 

Congratulations to 2016-17 Go Red For Women Heart Champion

“My role as a physician is one of both educator and healer, with a focus to improve each patient’s longevity and quality of life,” says Dr. Sandy Abramson, Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologist. “Not every patient needs to be treated in the same way, and we try to take our patient’s preferences into account when tailoring a personalized course of treatment for them,” Abramson continued.

Dr. Abramson recommends that patients adopt an overall healthy lifestyle. Some easy tips that she offers include:

  • Get active! Exercise reduces your risk of developing heart disease, it decreases stress and helps improve your mood.
  • Quit smoking! There is no healthy amount of smoking and giving it up is the single best thing you can do for your heart health.
  • Improve diet! Include wholegrains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts to lower your caloric intake and lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Make friends! People who socialize regularly and participate in supportive relationships are at less risk for heart disease.
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