A campaign on the concerns about the increasing heart risks on women had been celebrated during the National Wear Red Day. Survivors tell their story on their struggles to CBS2. Ruth DeMartino who will be celebrating her 89th birthday is glad that she can at last sing again. She was grateful to have undergone a procedure that went by filling a tiny heart valve with pig skin which had given her back her vocal capacity to sing.
A new device that involves very little interference had been introduced to patients with heart disease. It is now under a closer study at St. Francis Heart Hospital, reports said.
“We are not taking the old one out, we are putting a new valve on top of the old one. It is remarkable, it takes about an hour and the results have been excellent,” Dr. George Petrossian said.
“Without it, I doubt I would have had the stamina. And who knows, I maybe couldn’t have even survived,” DeMartino said.
Today the “Go Red for Women” is emphasizing on women to be more conscious on the risk of getting cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain. Another survivor is mother Portia Rindos of Massapequa who is 58 nearly died when she was hurried to undergo surgery for a cardiac pacemaker and two tubing.
She had been changing her lifestyle have been exercising and eating healthy to keep her heart healthy too just like the other at the North Shore –LIJ Symposium.
“Especially people in my age group, we all think of our parents who have gone through these things. But you really have to get ahold of it earlier in life; that was something I just had to do. It was time for me,” Rindos said.
“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, but 80 percent of heart disease is preventable. And it is really empowering. Women should start by finding a doctor they trust, find out what their risk factors are and follow up regularly with your physician,”
Dr Stacey Ronan said, the campaign will be up until the end of February which is Heart Health month.