According to Atlantic Health, the center will offer resources for women to manage cardiac issues along with access to literature and research materials. The center will also provide access to support groups, both in-person and via technology allowing women to connect to meetings from home.
Atlantic Health’s Women’s Heart Program, available at MMC and at the Summit-based Overlook Medical Center, provides gender-specific care for heart disease including arrhythmias, chest pain syndromes, coronary artery disease and valve disease including mitral valve prolapse. In addition to medical procedures the program offers cardiac rehabilitation services and integrative medical treatments.
“Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States, and while there has been considerable progress over the past decades to educate women on ways to reduce their risk and better manage cardiac disease, there is still an incredible amount of work that needs to be done,” said Dr. Claire Boccia Liang, director of the Women’s Heart Program at Morristown Medical Center, in a prepared statement. “We know when women are educated and supported, and have access to high-quality cardiovascular care, they are more likely to have better outcomes.”
A Facebook Live event featuring the Liang, and answering questions about women and heart disease, will also be held on Feb. 22 on both the WomenHeart and MMC Facebook pages.
February is designated as American Heart Month.