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Women’s Health Panel a Success

What Every Woman Should Know

On November 19th, over 60 women gathered at Jericho Jewish Center to attend the women’s health panel on cholesterol and osteoporosis and hear from esteemed physicians from the Katz Institute for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

This was the second women’s health panel presented by the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. A fundraiser for HKC, the money raised from the event is going towards improving the camp infirmaries.

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The program began with a presentation about the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds by HKC board members Ferne Gould, Rosemarie Klipper and Deborah Solomon after which the floor was turned over to Dr. Stacey Rosen, (FACC, FACP, FAHA), Vice President, Women’s Health at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Associate Professor of Cardiology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, to talk about the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. She explained that women’s health is needs to be addressed differently than men’s. There are different diseases that afflict women as well as different manifestations of common diseases.
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After Dr. Rosen, attendees heard from Dr. Sonia Henry (FACC, FASE) Associate Director, Echocardiography, Department of Cardiology, North Shore University Hospital, and Dr. Stuart A. Weinerman (FACP), Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, North Shore University Hospital.

Dr. Henry spoke about cholesterol and heart disease in women. After she presented the startling statistics that women are at a higher risk for stroke than men and that women have a higher mortality rate than men 5 years after a cardiac incident she stressed that prevention was key. Dr. Henry talked about risk factors and the importance of monitoring them so that early intervention could occur. The important takeaway was that women should undergo risk assessments every 4-6 years and that statins work but work best with other preventative measures.

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Dr. Weinerman, a leading expert on osteoporosis, spoke about osteoporosis in women including risk factors and predictors. He addressed controversial and conflicting information regarding calcium and vitamin D , magnesium and vitamin K supplements, and when and how often women should have bone density tests. He reminded the women that diet and exercise together make a difference but that for women at risk, drug interventions can help. The important thing is for the doctor to look at the whole patient when determining a course of action.

The panel ended with a question and answer session.

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all photos by Stephanie Faust Photography