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Heart and Soul: Cardiac Care

She’s a woman in a man’s world, but Manisha Patel—one of only two female cardiothoracic surgeons in the city—hopes to increase the standard of care when Mercy Health West Hospital opens later this year.

Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. Thankfully, over the last decade, public knowledge about heart disease has increased dramatically. It is imperative for women to be well-informed on this subject since they are most often the decision-makers regarding health care and have the greatest impact on relatives and friends—both male and female. I’ve noticed that busy, on-the-go women often focus on others rather than themselves, so knowledge about the symptoms, which can sometimes be subtle, is important.