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Baptist Health announces new community initiative

Baptist Health announced its new community initiative, HeartWise for Women, a new initiative designed by women, just for women. It will help them become more aware of and address their cardiovascular risks so they can enjoy life with a healthier heart.

“Every woman, at every age, needs to be wise about her heart health,” says Susan Allen-Umerley, director of Cardiovascular Health Services at Baptist Health. “Just as women know of the benefit of getting gynecological exams and mammograms, we need to be aware of our risks for heart disease, and be checked regularly.”

HeartWise for Women is a comprehensive program that addresses the unique cardiovascular needs of women throughout their entire lifespan. For a $49 flat fee, HeartWise for Women provides women with a comprehensive health screening, along with consultations, education, prevention programs and access to cardiovascular care if needed. The assessment includes:

•Blood pressure




•Body mass index

•Waist-to-hip ratio


•Heart rate

•Heart health medical history

•Family history


•Cardiac assessment and counseling

Because support and encouragement are so important, HeartWise for Women also offers a place for women to connect with other women who are being proactive about their heart health.

“Through ongoing involvement in the program, we can help women get to know their heart better. They will become HeartWise,” says Allen-Umerley.

“Many women simply are not aware they are at risk until they have a major event like a heart attack, and sometimes, they don’t survive their first heart attack,” says Pamela Rama, MD, a non-invasive, preventive cardiologist who serves as chief of staff for Baptist Medical Center Beaches, as well as medical director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

“HeartWise for Women gives each woman the tools she needs to keep her cardiovascular system healthy with an efficient, well-coordinated assessment, followed by helpful suggestions for improving her heart health. We also will provide the results to the woman’s primary care doctor.”

With HeartWise, Baptist Health can help close the loop on providing heart-healthy preventive and interventional care, so women in our community can be heart-healthy throughout their lives.

HeartWise screenings will be available at several locations in our community, beginning Nov. 1, 2011. For the most up-to-date information, women (and those who love them) are encouraged to visit

For a HeartWise appointment, call 904-202-5669 (202.KNOW). Women can also call 904-202-5669 for more information.

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