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Local Hadassah launches women’s heart health campaign

SKOKIE — The Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter has launched a new campaign to educate about the number one killer of women: heart disease.

The campaign, titled “Heart to Heart: Every Beat Counts,” is aimed at encouraging women to begin to watch for signs of a heart attack.

The need for the campaign, activists say, is because many women do not realize the symptoms of a heart attack, which are different than those for males.

Campaign goals include increasing awareness of heart disease risks and prevention; sharing the latest heart health information and assessment tools; and informing the public about cutting-edge research at Hadassah Medical Organization’s Heart Institute in Jerusalem.

“I am elated that Hadassah is giving attention to such an important and overlooked health issue,” said Chicago-North Shore Chapter President Michele Rubin. “Women do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack because they are more subtle than the symptoms men may have.”

A benefit dinner to kick off the campaign is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Skokie.

The dinner will include a talk by Dr. Chaim Lotan, a leading cardiologist and researcher in biomedical innovation. Lotan is head of the Heart Institute at Hadassah Hotel in Israel.

Dr. Annabelle Volgman, recognized this year as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Chicago by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine and Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist will also speak. She is director of the Heart Center at Rush Medical Center.

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women’s Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. It was founded in 1912 and has 330,000 members, associates and supporters.

It is committed to innovative and life-changing medical care and research, women’s empowerment, education, advocacy, philanthropy and building Jewish identity in Israel, America and around the world.

Hadassah Chicago-North Shore Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the country, representing 11,000 area women.

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