The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.

 

In the Spotlight:

Heart Health for Women

Please note that although some symptoms of certain diseases can affect the sexes differently (heart health being one of them) Most of following health tips will also be beneficial for men.  As always, please consult with your trusted physician with any concerns/ symptoms you may have.  Be Heart Smart!

1. Eat a heart healthy diet.

Reduce your daily intake of salt/fat & sugar.

  • Choose foods that are ‘low salt’ or ‘low sodium’.
  • Limit foods that have ‘trans-fat’: too much trans-fat can cause heart attacks.
  • Cut back on sugar: sugar is also labeled as ‘glucose’, ‘fructose’, ‘sucrose’, and ‘corn syrup’.

2. Manage your health conditions.

Common health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

  • Take your medicines as directed. Do not stop taking your medicines until your doctor says that it is OK.
  • If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level.
  • Get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested.
  • Ladies, ask your doctor how you should manage your health conditions during pregnancy.
  • Some people need a device to help their heart work. Talk to your doctor about what device is best for your heart problem.

3. Get the facts about aspirin.

Daily use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks or a stroke is not right for everyone.

Ask your healthcare provider if you should use aspirin.

If aspirin is right for you, find out:

  • how much you should take
  • how often you should take it.
  • how long you should take aspirin. Some products combine aspirin with other ingredients and are notmeant for long-term use.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines and supplements you take. Your risk of bleeding may be higher if you use aspirin with also taking certain medicines, vitamins, or herbs.

4. Know the signs of a heart attack.

Please remember, some signs of a heart attack can be different for women than they are for men.

  • Chest pain (heavy ache or pressure)
  • Pain in your upper body (arms, neck, jaw, back or upper stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea)

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you think you are having a heart attack.

For more information on a variety of health issues, please browse our encyclopedia.