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February 2023 Volume 9


Mitzi's Message

Dear readers,

As we welcome the new year, it's a time to reflect on the past and set new resolutions for the future. Of course, one resolution that should be at the top of everyone's list is our health. February is American Heart Month, so it's a great time to commit to taking care of our hearts.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, and it's time we start paying attention to the warning signs and taking steps to prevent it, especially as we age. Our featured podcast and article on heart health provides excellent information about identifying risk factors, recognizing symptoms and preventing heart disease.  In addition, our podcast on menopause provides great tips about lifestyle changes that can not only help our heart, but also our overall well-being.


Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday because it's another excuse to tell those I love how much they mean to me. This year, I'm putting myself on the list and resolving to take better care of my health, as well as continue sharing information and resources with you. Together, we can make this the year we prioritize our heart health and take steps toward a healthier and happier future.  I hope you’ll join me.

Wishing you the best of health,

Mitzi Krockover, MD

Featured Podcast: Why Women Should Take Care of Their Heart Health

Women often prioritize the health and well-being of others before their own. But did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S? And yet, it's still often overlooked and misdiagnosed in women. The good news is that heart disease is preventable in many cases and there are steps we all can take to reduce our risk factors and identify a problem before it’s too late. Our guest today, Amrita Karve, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Women's Heart Program at Mount Carmel Health System, is here to help us understand what those risk factors are, how to recognize the symptoms and more.  Because before we care for others, we need to take care of ourselves.

Featured Article: Heart Disease in Women

When you think about heart disease, you might automatically think about an older, slightly obese man who comes to the emergency room clutching his chest. But women, too, can develop heart disease —  it's the number one cause of death in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Heart disease in women presents somewhat differently than in men, so it's essential to recognize the symptoms and understand the preventative steps you can take to stay healthy.

Featured Podcast: How to Manage Menopause Naturally

Menopause and the menopause transition can come with lots of challenges–hot flashes, irritability, and fatigue, just to name a few symptoms. For those looking for relief using a natural approach, or for those who want or need to avoid hormone therapy, there are alternatives. Maryon Stewart has been called the “pioneer of the natural menopause movement” and has literally written the book on managing menopause with lifestyle changes and diet. She stopped by to share her wisdom, research and tips on how to manage this phase of life in a healthful way.

Women's Heart Health: 30 Years of the NIH Revitalization Act

Women's Health Access Matters (WHAM) is sponsoring a webinar marking the 30th anniversary of the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, a law which mandated the inclusion of women and minorities in all NIH-funded research.  

Join WHAM on February 9th at 1:00pm EST for this roundtable dialogue.

Phyto Fix Bars - by Maryon Stewart

We invite you to try Maryon Stewart's Phyto Fix Bars from her "Manage Your Menopause Naturally" six week guide.

Makes 16 bars


1/4 c. sesame seeds

1/2 c. golden flaxseeds

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

1/4 c. pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. raisins, golden raisins, or currants

1/4 c. dried unsulfured apricots, chopped

3/4 c. soy protein powder

4 c. puffed rice

2 tsp. mixed spice

2 tsp. powdered ginger (optional)

1/2 c. date syrup

1/4 c. ginger or rice syrup

1 1/4 c. soy milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients and fruit in a bowl. Add the syrup and milk and mix thoroughly.  

Grease 12x8 inch baking pan. Pour in the mixture and smooth the surface. 

Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool, then cut into 16 bars.

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Quotable Women

“I have to admit, I was dismayed when I found out ‘Type A’ refers to a risk for heart disease. I thought it was just a nickname my mom gave me!”

- Reese Witherspoon

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