Anthony DeFranco and Dr. Patricia Grodecki,
2004 Health Care Leadership Forum
February 4, 2004 Health Care Leadership Forum featured husband and wife
cardiologists, Dr. Anthony DeFranco and Dr. Patricia Grodecki, talking
about the number one killer of women, heart disease.
"One out of every two women here will die from some form of cardiovascular
disease," said Dr. Grodeck, medical director of the Women's Cardiology
Program at McLaren Regional Center.
More women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. Yet, most women
are unaware of their risk of heart disease, according to the featured
presenters. Dr. DeFranco, an interventional cardiologist and medical director
of the McLaren Regional Heart and Vascular Center, pointed out that only
10 to 20 percent of women even know the major risk factors of heart disease,
high blood pressure
low HDL cholesterol levels
age: 45 for males and 55 for females
than 100 area health care leaders joined to hear the timely message on
heart disease. Dr. Grodecki indicated that the same week as the forum
the American Heart Association kicked off a campaign, "Go Red for
Women," which encourages women to take charge of their health to
live longer, stronger lives.
As part of her visit for the Health Care Leadership Forum, Dr. Grodecki
also spoke with students at the Math & Science Center and presented
to a Women's Only group at Oaklawn Hospital.
photos from the event here.
Dr. Anthony DeFranco