32 The Courier sun • health • SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 for breaking news visit www.couriersun.com of the 2014 THE QUEENS QueensCourier.com Your Health. Your Schedule. All Ages - No Appointment Necessary Vision (Certified DMV Center) and Hearing Tests, Asthma and Allergy Treatment, DOT Physicals, Meningitis, Shingles, Flu, and Yellow Fever Vaccines, Lacerations, X-Ray, and Laboratory Most Insurances Accepted GHI/Emblem and Healthfirst patients welcome Starting June 28, 2015 we will be staying open Starting June 28, 2015 we will be staying open every night until 10:00 PM to accommodate every night including Motzei Shabbos until 10:00 PM the community’s requests to accommodate the community’s requests Phone 718 575 0974, Fax 718 268 2969 186-06 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 UM-UC.COM We look forward to greeting our patients at our 2 new locations, Summer 2015 Roosevelt Island 520 Main Street Crown Heights 545 Lefferts Avenue ▶ health THE COURIER/FILE PHOTO Choices Women’s Medical Center adds cardiac services BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAF firstname.lastname@example.org @QueensCourier Choices Women’s Medical Center, a health clinic in Jamaica that was one of the first abortion clinics in the city, is expanding its services to include cardiac care with the addition of resident cardiologist Dr. Perry Frankel. The health clinic was founded in 1971 by Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in developing and providing women’s health services, and offers abortion services, gynecology services, prenatal care and counseling. Hoffman later added mental health services to her growing list of services after realizing that her patients, some of whom were victims of rape, needed to speak to trained counselors and psychiatrists before having tests and procedures done. Hoffman wanted her clinic to be a one-stop shop. “I started before abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court, so Choices has always been the pioneer in women’s health care and women’s medicine,” Hoffman said. “I have a history of really growing my organization organically as I see and hear the needs of the patients in those who use our services, and cardiology was a natural extension.” According to Hoffman, many women do not know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women. Many patients who visit Choices Women’s Medical Center are immigrants who come from a lower-middle-class socioeconomic background and suffer from diabetes and obesity, she said. These pre-existing conditions contribute to heart disease, which often presents itself in different ways in women than it does in men. Hoffman said Doctor Frankel was chosen as the resident cardiologist because of his strong background in education and his willingness to teach patients about the symptoms and risks of heart disease. “Choices is a dynamic organization that expands to the needs of its patients and community,” Frankel said. “By joining forces we will continue the tradition of educating and empowering its patients through cardiovascular testing, preventive care and workshops. Heart disease kills more women than men every year and it is 10 times more deadly than breast cancer.” Choices Women’s Center will launch the new service on Sept. 24 and will also offer it to men as well. The clinic will provide four types of non-invasive tests and Frankel will inspect test results to search for blocked arteries, aneurisms, vestibular disorders and peripheral artery disease. The testing will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays and the clinic will expand its hours during those days for anyone who wants to get tested. “Women seem to be accused of using our hearts rather than our heads so if we’re using our hearts, we need to keep them strong,” Hoffman said.
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