Les Bus du cœur fera une halte à Lille, place Rihour, pour une campagne de dépistage des maladies cardio-vasculaires. Les Lilloises sont invités à y participer, gratuitement.

Women invited to be screened for cardiovascular disease in Lille

The Bus du Coeur will stop in Lille, place Rihour, for a screening campaign for cardiovascular diseases. Lille residents are invited to participate, free of charge. (©DR)

A few days before the launch of Pink October, the (good) women’s health is already scanned with the cardiovascular disease prevention campaign. And good news: its ambassador, the Women’s Heart Buswill be at Lille (North) from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 September. The objective being to screen 200 women over the three days, in this all-pink bus, which we cannot miss, Place Rihour.

Register by phone or drop by

Lille is the 11th stage city. The Heart Bus has made 15 stops in one year, and has screened some 3,000 women. Because cardiovascular diseases, we know very little, are the leading cause of death among women in France (200 die from it every day). A finding that is all the more regrettable as 8 out of 10 cases could be avoided by screening and appropriate treatment.

Lille women who would like to benefit from the operation can go directly to the site or make an appointment on 03 20 49 56 14. It’s completely free. A health and well-being village will be accessible to everyone, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all three days.

Three questions for Professor Claire Mounier-Vehier

But it is still the co-founder of the Bus, and before that of the Endowment Fund Acting for Women’s Hearts, Professor Claire Mounier-Vehier, who speaks best about these diseases. She is a cardiologist at the University Hospital of Lille.

News: Why do we think that it is men who are the most victims of cardiovascular diseases, when it is the leading cause of death among women?

Professor Claire Mounier-Vehier: For a long time, women were protected until menopause by their hormones. But today they lead the same life as men and have adopted the same bad lifestyle habits: tobacco, sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced diet, stress, alcohol… Women are victims of the evolution of their status in the society that has thrown them into a complex life, where they combine professional activity and responsibility for the home. Per year, there is a 5% increase in women admitted to an emergency department for a myocardial infarction. More men still die of cardiovascular disease before the age of 65. But afterwards, the curve rebalances.

What are the symptoms that should alert?

Claire MV: There are many: a feeling of exhaustion or great fatigue, progressive shortness of breath on exertion, sudden tightness in the chest, acute pain in the upper back, between the shoulder blades or in the neck, palpitations, cold sweats, recurring digestive symptoms: nausea, discomfort or gastric burning…
Women must be particularly vigilant when they combine several cardiovascular risk factors: tobacco, physical inactivity, overweight-obesity, stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, contraception with synthetic estrogens.

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What is the objective of the Heart Bus?

Claire MV: We want to offer screening and listening time, which, beyond a one-off intervention, will allow reintegration into a course of cardio-gynecological care. We alert women by telling them to take care of themselves, that it is time to act rather than suffer.
90% of the 1,065 women screened during the first 5 stages of the Bus combine at least two cardiovascular risk factors. These figures confirm the merits of our initiative, especially when we know that in 8 out of 10 cases, cardiovascular accidents are avoidable with a healthy lifestyle and regular medical monitoring.

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