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Heart Association names SOM alum chair of Go Red For Women Circle of Red Committee

Pamela Marcovitz, M.D.

Pamela Marcovitz, M.D.

The southeast Michigan American Heart Association has announced the appointment of a Wayne State University School of Medicine alum as chairwoman of the Go Red For Women Circle of Red Committee.

In fact, the organization will now be known as Dr. Pamela Marcovitz’s Founders Circle of Red, named for new chairwoman Pamela Marcovitz, M.D., a 1985 graduate of the School of Medicine.

Catherine Smith, director of Go Red For Women, said the Circle of Red is a dynamic, passionate and powerful group of women who have the influence and resources to significantly impact the community and put an end to the No. 1 killer of women -- heart disease. “By making a personal contribution and committing to raise awareness, educate other women, and advocate for women’s heart health,  this group is helping to build healthier lives right here in Detroit,” Smith said.

“It seemed like a natural fit that we pay tribute to someone who is dedicated to enriching the lives of women in southeast Michigan,” Smith said. “Dr. Marcovitz has been a part of our legacy since its inception. What better way to honor her passion and commitment than to appoint her as chair?”

Dr. Marcovitz, a board certified cardiologist, is the medical director of Beaumont Hospital’s Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, one of the few centers in the United States dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women. She wants all women to know they’re at risk. Her goals include raising women’s awareness about heart attack symptoms and how to effectively lower their risk.

“I want to make a difference in our community by assisting with screening programs and promoting educational forums,” Dr. Marcovitz said. “It’s important we know our numbers as it pertains to blood pressure, cholesterol, healthy weight and exercise. The association’s online screening tool, My Life Check, is a great place to start.

“The events surrounding Rosie O’Donnell’s recent heart attack underscore the fact that, even women with great resources can miss the signs of heart attack, placing themselves in grave danger. Rosie took aspirin and sat at home for an entire day before seeking help. We have to change this paradigm,” she said.

For more information about Dr. Pamela Marcovitz’s Founders Circle of Red or Go Red For Women, visit www.detroitgoredforwomen.org.
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