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Looking Beyond the Facts: The Hard Truth about Heart Health among Women

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“Certainly, understanding of one's risk for any disease must be anchored in facts. But if we want our facts to translate into better health, we may need to start talking more about our feelings.” -- Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D. (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


March is Women’s History Month, 31 days
dedicated to commemorating female [[wysiwyg_imageupload:180:]]leaders, innovators and those who defied conventionality to get ahead. As we honor the history of strong-hearted women, it is important to also take a deeper look at the history of our heart health.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that heart disease has been the leading cause of death among Americans since the 1930’s. In 1984, more women than men died of heart disease, and for 20 years this statistic has remained the same. Read full post »

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Transparency Can Play Key Role in Reducing Hospital Error

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A new medical television show premiered [[wysiwyg_imageupload:155:]]
giving viewers a glimpse into medicine that other shows haven’t touched on much before; errors in patient care. Unlike most medical shows today, Monday Morning’s focal point is the doctor as human rather than hero, emphasizing that mistakes do occur.

There is no doubt that some professions are held to higher standards especially when it comes to our safety and wellbeing. We are more likely to care about our airline pilot’s performance than our travel agent’s. We hold our medical community to a similar higher standard. While no one is perfect, it is challenging to allow our healthcare providers to remain under the same umbrella. The issue of medical mistakes is a reality—and a harsh one at that. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), at least 1.5 million preventable medical errors occur in U.S. hospitals annually, with up to 98,000 deaths. Read full post »