Women and Heart Disease
At Hurley, our goal is for you to be healthy and this means having a healthy heart.
Although many people think of heart disease as a man's problem, women can and do get heart disease. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability among women.
The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease (narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart). Coronary artery disease is the main cause of heart attacks. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease – but women of all ages can take steps to prevent heart disease by practicing healthy lifestyle habits. For more information about women and heart disease, click here.
Facts about Women and Cardiovascular Diseases
- Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks 1st is the reason most women get admitted to the hospital.
- Nearly 37% of all female deaths in America occur from CVD, which includes coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
- CVD is a particularly important problem among minority women. The death rate due to CVD is substantially higher in black women than in white women.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and more women than men die of stroke.
Hurley’s Diabetes Education Programs
If you are overweight, this is not good for your heart. Being overweight also can bring about diabetes a serious disease that is especially common in Genesee County.To help patients manage their diabetes, the Hurley Diabetes Center offers diabetes education for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Click here for the list of Hurley’s adult diabetes education classes.
Hurley Medical Center also offers diabetes education classes for children, and high-risk pregnant women. In fact, Hurley Medical Center is the only hospitalin the region offering diabetes education encompassing these three groups.
Hurley Center for Health Outcomes
The mission of the Hurley Center for Health Outcomes is to improve the quality of life, health and health status of the communities served by Hurley Medical Center. By partnering with local groups, foundations, schools, and organizations, the Hurley Center for Health Outcomes is making great strides in helping people control diabetes, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise, and live healthier lifestyles. For a complete listing of all of the Hurley Center for Health Outcomes health-related and weight loss programs, click here.
Heart health, weight loss, and nutrition counseling go hand in hand. Hurley’s Nutrition Services has twelve full-time registered dietitians on staff to counsel and educate both inpatients and outpatients about healthy eating and cooking habits, how to achieve weight loss, and how to have a healthy heart.
Hurley Health and Fitness Center
The area’s only medically-based health and fitness facility, Hurley Health and Fitness Center offers advanced exercise technology, an experienced team of fitness professionals, and most importantly, access to specialists from Hurley’s full range of medical practices, including cardiology, orthopedics, and rehabilitation sciences.
To strengthen your heart, and help you get fit and lose weight, over 60 group exercise classes a week are available, as well as one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer. The Olympic-size pool is also an excellent way to tone and strengthen your body as well as lose weight.
We also provide the following medically-based exercise programs:
- Diabetes Education & Exercise Program (DEEP)
- Bariatric Education & Exercise Program (BEEP)
- Water Exercise for Arthritis (certified through the Arthritis Foundation)
- Pulmonary Rehab Phase II and III
- Cardiac Rehab Phase III
- SportsCare (physical therapy)
Value Added Services (FREE with membership):
- Over 60 group exercise classes per week (Zumba, yoga, spinning, aquatics, aerobics)
- Child Care (6 months-10 years)
- Family Day (Sundays 2-5pm)
- 2 Personal Training sessions upon joining
- Free locker/towel service
If a patient is morbidly obese or has other chronic weight-related conditions, one alternative is Bariatric Surgery.