Heart Disease in Women – Just the Facts

Heart Disease in Women – Just the Facts

Heart disease is the leading cause of death
in the United States

Deaths caused by cardiac disorders are
more common than all other forms of
cancers combined

Most heart disease can be treated and
sometimes prevented

An estimated 42 million women in U.S
live with a cardiac disorder and most
of them are unaware of it

About 1 in 3 women in the U.S. has some
kind of cardiovascular problem – 34.9%

Women have a different internal rhythm
This causes a women’s heart to beat
faster than a man’s. Researchers also
believe a women’s heart may take longer
to relax after each breath

Women have smaller coronary arteries
than men. Women are 2 times more
likely than men to have plaque erosion

Women are misdiagnosed because
Medical personnel look at patterns of
cardiovascular disease progression
that is present in men

Women may experience chest pain and
have abnormal stress test but no critical
arterial flow limiting lesions is present.
The problem lies in the microvasculature
and endothelial dysfunction

Risk factors (modifiable):
Smoking, stress, cholesterol lipids, diabetes
Hypertension, obesity, poor diet, lack
Of exercise, physical activity, alcohol
intake – 1 drink for women, 2 drinks for
men. Women metabolize alcohol slower
than men

Risk factors (non-modifiable):
Genetics, menopause, metabolic syndrome
(high blood pressure, high lipids, diabetes),
aging, kidney disease

Types of cardiac disorders:
Coronary artery disease, hypertensive
Heart disease(too much pressure,
an enlarged heart), cardiomyopathy
(weakening of heart muscle), valve

Total number of cardiovascular disease
related deaths has been consistently
higher in women than in men for the
past 20 years


State Announces Plans to Eliminate Independent Providers

The executive budget proposed by Gov. Kasich contains provisions that would effectively eliminate Medicaid-funded independent providers by 2018.

This news has spread throughout Ohio’s DD system, especially among parents and families who currently rely upon independent providers to ensure their loved ones’ health and safety.

Understandably, many individuals, parents and family members have expressed strong opinions after learning of the proposal.


If you have strong feelings on this issue, it is recommended that you send your feedback to the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB).

All input will be considered and the OACB will use that input to develop a position statement on this issue and to advocate in the best interests of individuals and their families and guardians.

OACB may use anonymous excerpts and statistical data gathered through this feedback tool in their testimony on the state budget (e.g., “X of Y respondents to a recent survey support/oppose the decision,” or “one respondent said the following about the proposal…”).


The OACB feedback form can be accessed using the link below:


FEEDBACK FORM: www.oacbdd.org/providerfeedback


We hope this tool is useful for those with strong opinions as we collectively continue to advocate for individuals, parents, and families on this important issue.

Help Wanted

Substitute Teachers – Must have an ODE  Teaching license.

Substitute Teacher Assistants – Must have a Paraprofessional license or Associates Degree. Works with the Classroom Teacher and Educational Aides.

Substitute Adult Service Aides – Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Ability to lift up to 75 pounds.  Must meet requirements to obtain ODDD certificate.

Substitute School Bus Drivers– Must possess a valid Ohio Class B CDL, w/school bus passenger, & air brake endorsements, & good driving record.

Substitute Van Drivers – Must possess a valid Ohio Driving operator’s license with good  record.  Two years experience.  Knowledge of Ohio driving rules/regulations; drive/safety practices, operation of passenger vehicle.

Substitute RN or LPN to provide medical services to children and adults with developmental disabilities at Beacon School and Atco.  Nursing License required.  Experience serving persons with developmental disabilities preferred.

Resumes may be emailed to personnel@athenscbdd.org or applications may be obtained from and submitted to Athens Co. Bd. of DD, Personnel Dept. 801 W. Union St., Athens, OH  45701.  EOE and Service Provider.

Better Hearing Means Better Speech & Language Development

Better Hearing Means Better Speech & Language Development

Hearing is an invisible sense that is a necessary precursor for speech and language development. Hearing is also linked to reading and writing skill development, as well!  We are all connected; our ears are connected to the back of our noses by the Eustachian Tube.

‘Tis still the season when children have colds and “stuffy noses! When noses are filled with mucus, often the mucus moves into the ears, creating Intermittent Hearing Loss.  The good news is this is a manageable problem.  Over-the-counter, saline nasal spray (salt water) will naturally clean out the mucus from the nose which cleans the inner & middle ear.  When the ear is clean, sound can vibrate to the brain for optimal hearing ability. Hearing is a first order event!