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DOP District 23 Lodge Hosts Women’s Heart Health Webinar

March 19, 2024

MONTREAL – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) District 23 (Eastern Canada) Lodge hosted a Women’s Heart Health Webinar on March 7, in honor of International Women’s Day. District Governor Roula Maginas-Koumoutsidis welcomed everyone in attendance and District Advisor to the Maids of Athena Cathy Pantieras introduced the evening’s speaker, Lisa Comber, from the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance.
The presentation focused on the importance of learning about heart disease in women, and the differences in signs, symptoms and causes for women compared to men. It is the leading cause of death for women worldwide and kills five times more women than breast cancer. Comber explained some of the risk factors that can or cannot be changed as well as prevention and maintenance. A short question and answer session at the end of the presentation touched on the connection between other diseases and heart disease. A list of resources was made available for those who wanted to learn more.

A slide from the presentation. Photo: Fotini Caragiannis

Twenty participants attended, including Past District Governor Annie Valkanas and Past Grand Governor Zone 5 Nicki Douklias. The webinar was Part 3 of District 23’s Wellness Initiative for the 2023-2024 year. Part 1 was a Virtual Christmas Bingo in December, Part 2 was a Virtual Dance Night in January, and Part 4 is a Walk-a-Thon slated for May.

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