High Fives for Health Care: Women’s Heart Health

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High Five Worthy Research Supports Women’s Heart Health

In just a few short weeks the philanthropic community has helped High Fives for Health Care, a fundraising campaign by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in support of the most urgent needs of its hospitals and health care centres, reach extraordinary heights.

Donor funding supports key research and patient areas – like the Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic. For years, women’s heart attacks were misdiagnosed. Not only do women often report slightly different symptoms when experience a heart attack, but the cause is often different as well.

Dr. Tara Sedlak

“These symptoms are not the typical crushing chest pain that are popularly portrayed, and that is because women tend to have blockages not just in the larger arteries surrounding the heart, but in the micro blood vessels instead,” says Dr. Tara Sedlak, Cardiologist and Director of the Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic.

“Not understanding these key differences can lead to disaster.”

Know the Signs

Women can display different heart attack symptoms than men. These include:

  • Neck, jaw, shoulder or back pain
  • Pressure or tightness in the chest
  • Indigestion and dizziness

Donor funding supports vital research and more personalized care, resulting in better outcomes for all cardiac patients.

“Because of the generosity of these wonderful individuals in the community, patients at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital are able to be cared for by the best teams who have access to state-of-the-art equipment utilizing treatments based on the latest research,” says Angela Chapman, President & CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. “And it’s not over yet.”

You can join VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation for a broadcast event taking place this Saturday, November 14th. Listen live on CKNW 980 at 2:00pm and/or watch Global TV at 5:00pm.

The Global broadcast will feature more of Denise’s story as well as insights from Dr. David Wood on the improvements made to cardiac care thanks to donor support.

High Fives for Health Care

If you donate today, your gift will be doubled as John and Sherry Floren, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Noordin and Nancey Nanji, Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation, Juggy Sihota-Chahil, TELUS and anonymous donors are matching every High Fives for Health Care donation up to $250,000.

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