Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center

Protecting Women’s Hearts—One Women at a Time

Did you know heart disease poses the number one threat to women’s health? You also might be surprised to learn that almost twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease (both heart disease and stroke) than from all cancers combined. And it’s not just older women who need to be concerned. We all do.

A Place that Gets to the Heart of the Matter

The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center was established in honor of Karen Yontz who passed away in late 1994 after a long battle with heart disease due to a side effect from Hodgkin’s disease treatment in her 20s. Knowing Karen’s strong feelings on heart disease, her husband, Ken, made a major contribution to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center to establish The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center in her memory.

The Karen Yontz Center is not a clinic but rather a resource center for preventing heart disease—to help you manage your risk factors and to serve as a source of support through group interactions. We’re dedicated to decreasing the incidence and impact of heart disease in women by raising awareness, promoting wellness and advocating for early diagnosis and treatment.

Because one in three women will die of heart disease, the center welcomes all women through its doors to assess their risks of developing heart disease. The center serves as a place to learn how to prevent cardiac risks and a hub for taking those messages out to the community through the center’s nurse educators.

Keeping the Beat Strong for All Women

At the center, you may take a heart risk appraisal, browse the library, have access to a computer kiosk or attend a class to better understand how to prevent heart disease and live with it. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. However, the center wants to share that women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease and take steps to prevent it.

The center’s educations also share that for many women—the risk may not be obvious. It’s not just about your body size, but also about important tests like blood pressure, cholesterol levels and family history. While women have become rather disciplined in having their annual gynecologic tests and mammograms completed, women need that same discipline to monitor heart health.

When you hear you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, you may wonder, “what do I do now?” The center’s nurse educators will help you take those next life-changing steps—by your side all the way.

Discover All Things Heart

The center serves as a gathering place to access all the high-tech resources without being overwhelming. You’ll find a sitting alcove where you can spend time browsing the heart-healthy cookbooks like Create Your Plate, which you may purchase.

You may also borrow books on a number of topics related to cardiac care. The center also sells digiwalkers to help track your steps each day and diffusers for aromatherapy, which can help you relax and lower your stress levels.

Even if you aren’t facing a diagnosis of heart disease, you may be interested in viewing an art piece that depicts 100 years of progress toward women’s cardiac awareness created by designer Renee Ostrowski. Intermingled on this wall, you’ll view how our social culture has had an impact on our living healthier, heart-smart lives. From early advertisements that encouraged smoking over eating candy to fashion statements like hot pants, which made fitness a necessity for fashion-forward women, this wall begins in 1908 when the first Mother’s Day was celebrated—and when heart disease became the leading health risk for women.

Become Our Friend

For a $10 donation, you may become a Friend of The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center and enjoy:

  • Advance notice and discounts on our educational seminars and classes
  • Annual cholesterol screening and risk assessment
  • Discounts on heart-healthy books, videos, CDs and DVDs, digiwalker pedometers and Karen Yontz Create Your Plate cookbooks

Call 414-649-5767 to become a Friend of the Karen Yontz Cardiac Awareness Center and to gain more information on our center’s services.

We’ll Be Waiting for You

Find us at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center—your special home for heart health.

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