Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center


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, which for her was traced to side effects 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 cardiac awareness center. 

The Karen Yontz Center isn’t a clinic – it’s a resource center to help you manage your risk factors. Almost twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease – both heart disease and stroke – than from all cancers combined. And it affects women of all ages. That’s why we strive to raise awareness about women and heart disease by promoting wellness and advocating for early diagnosis and treatment. 

When you visit the Karen Yontz Center, you’ll be assessed for your risks of developing heart disease. We’re a place to learn how to prevent these cardiac risks and a hub for taking those messages out to the community through the center’s nurse educators.

Services & Treatment

At the center, you can take a heart risk appraisal, browse our library, have access to a computer kiosk or attend a class that’ll help you better understand how to prevent heart disease or how to live with it if you have it. Though your risk gets higher the older you get, we’d like women of all ages to be aware of heart disease risks and take steps to prevent it. Those risks may not be obvious. It isn’t just about your body size. It’s also about important factors like blood pressure, cholesterol level and family history. We’d like you to have the same discipline about monitoring heart disease as you hopefully do with your annual gynecological tests and mammograms. 

The center serves as a gathering place where you can access all high-tech resources. You’ll find an alcove where you can spend time browsing heart-healthy cookbooks. You can borrow books about cardiac topics and buy digital step counters to help you increase your daily activity. We also have aromatherapy diffusers to help you ease your stress levels.

For a $10 donation, you may become a Friend of The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center and enjoy such benefits as advance notice and discounts on our educational seminars and classes; an annual cholesterol screening and risk assessment; and discounts on heart-healthy books, videos, CDs and DVDs, pedometers and cookbooks.

Contact Us

To become a friend or for more information, call 414-649-5767, and learn more at The Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center.

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