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Pollin Center Issues Declaration to Promote Women’s Heart Health

Wednesday, Dec 23 2015

The Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women at the Hadassah Medical Center has issued a Declaration that calls on policymakers and stakeholders to work to reduce cardiovascular disease in women.

The Declaration, presented at the official dedication of the Center’s new offices, was signed by Knesset members and Ministers who have pledged their support for the mission. The document calls on these policymakers and stakeholders to join hands and unify their efforts toward placing the issue of women’s heart health on the national agenda and to allocate government resources to this issue—particularly for populations at risk. 

Jerusalem women, particularly those in the ultraorthodox Jewish communities and Arab sectors need to start early to acquire healthy heart habits, explains Dr. Donna Zfat-Zwas, Pollin Center Director. At least one in three Jerusalem Arab women is overweight and has diabetes, according to her colleague, Prof. Gil Leibowitz, head of Hadassah's Diabetes Unit.

The Pollin Center has implemented outreach projects in both the ultraorthodox and Arab communities in Jerusalem to raise awareness about how to live a heart healthy lifestyle.  Miriam Dissen, principal of the Bais Yaakov school in Jerusalem, was delighted to welcome the Pollin Center project to her school of 3,000 teens and young women. "The lectures and guidance,” she said, “have had a lasting change on the teachers' habits. They still walk the stairs and wear their pedometers, and try to eat healthier.” In addition, she notes, they have learned to incorporate health promotion concepts into their classes so that all the girls are benefitting.

Dr. Zfat-Zwas explains: "We believe that the school environment is the effective and proper place to start--not only to inculcate eating and exercise habits, but to impact the students’ mothers and the whole extended family. These young women are still living at home, and some are involved in preparing the family food. Very soon, these young women will be heading off to start their own families. We want them to focus on their own health and to serve as positive role models in their families. We have data suggesting that even a modest change has impact over a lifetime."

Mrs. Dissen was among the principals of Jewish and Arab schools who attended the Pollin Center dedication, along with Minister of Health Yakov Litzman; Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel; MK Aida Touma-Sliman, head of the Knesset Committee for the Promotion of Women and Gender Equality; and Prof. Naama Constantini, head of the Council for Women's Health.

MK Touma-Sliman, who introduced the Declaration at the dedication event, promised that this Declaration would not be a document that one signs and forgets; rather, she pledged that,  together with the Pollin Center, there will be follow up. Subsequently, tens of MK's signed the declaration.

Calling for special curriculum to educate health professionals about women’s heart health, the declaration explains that this is crucial to achieve gender sensitivity within the practice of medicine. "Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability in women,” relates Dr. Zfat-Zwas. “There is an imperative for gender-specific prevention and treatment."

Comments

From: Sandy on December 29, 2015
This is so important and kudos to Hadassah for taking the initiative. Our Chapter held a Women's Heart Health Day in May 2014. Three women who attended became aware of symptoms they were having but had not been aware were connected to heart disease. Most recently our Chapter President who was being monitored for her symptoms had open heart surgery for valve replacement. Some heart conditions are environmental, but many are genetic and women need to be aware and take charge of their health. So proud to be a Hadassah member
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