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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Heart attacks are not gender neutral

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It Author: Kathleen Mahon,APRN,CNP

CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

According to a recent statement from the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease remains understudied, underdiagnosed and undertreated in women despite improvements in cardiovascular mortality for women in the past two decades. Since 1984, the annual CVD mortality rate has remained greater for women than for men.

Why? There are a number of reasons:

  • Heart disease is more difficult to detect in women because their arteries are usually smaller so the typical angiogram test of cholesterol buildup doesn’t work well.
  • Heart attack symptoms are different. Women may experience nausea, back and jaw pain, and intermittent shortness of breath.
  • Women are prone to complications after a heart attack because their blood vessels are smaller.