Santa Paula Times

‘Notes to the Heart’ to address women and cardiovascular disease

February 20, 2013
Santa Paula News

Soroptimist International is famed for wanting what is best for women, and that includes education about a health crisis that kills more women than any other cause - heart attack.

And as women often have completely different symptoms than men of cardiovascular disease or an actual heart attack, Soroptimist International of Santa Paula (SISP) is presenting “Notes to the Heart,” an evening featuring a heart-to-heart discussion on heart disease and women.

The Thursday, February 28 free presentation featuring speaker Lisa Fabian, RN, CCRN, is open to the public, according to Judy McCarthy of SISP. The program will be held at Limoneira Pavilion, 55 Hallock Dr., starting with a meet and greet and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The program will start at 7 p.m.

McCarthy said Fabian, a registered nurse for 22 years, has experience in telemetry, critical care, Emergency Room, open-heart surgery recovery and the Cathlab. Employed by St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard in the Cardiac Catherization Lab for a decade, Fabian will address vascular angiography, coronary artery angioplasty, pacemaker/defibrillator insertion, coronary revascularization and stem cell research.

Fabian, said McCarthy, is a mother, private pilot and “Renaissance Woman” who will help all who attend to “connect with your heart, learn how to recognize the symptoms of stress and heart attack in women.”

According to the American Heart Association, since 1984 the number of women who die each year from cardiovascular disease has exceeded that for males. And the death rate attributed to heart disease far exceeds that of breast and lung cancer - all cancers - combined, with breast cancer representing about 10 percent of the death rate resulting from cardiovascular disease.

For more information, call McCarthy at 805-443-2883.