A bus to screen for heart disease, the leading cause of death among women in France

In front of the La Rochelle Aquarium, you can see for three days tents and a big pink bus, from October 27 to 29. This is the screening campaign for cardiovascular diseases, leading cause of death among women in France. The event is organized by the foundation Act for the hearts of women, created by cardiologist Claire Mounier-Vehier and entrepreneur Thierry Drilhon.

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45 minutes to get tested

Sitting on a chair in front of the big pink bus, Maria waits to be tested. “I’m a little bit worried”, she confides. She recently realized the dangerousness of cardiovascular diseases. “My companion had a heart attack … But he had no symptoms and didn’t notice it!” A routine visit to the doctor saved him. For Maria, there was therefore no question of missing the Bus du Coeur meeting. “I have never done a routine visit for my heart before!”

Thierry Drilhon, company director and co-founder of Agir pour le cœur des femmes with cardiologist Claire Mounier-Vehier. © Radio France
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Inside, several doctors do a series of examinations for 45 minutes: health history, blood pressure measurement, interview with a gynecologist … So many exams that can detect a cardiovascular problem, sometimes difficult to spot.

“In a woman, shortness of breath can be a symptom”, explains Thierry Drilhon, company director and co-founder ofAct for the hearts of women. “It is not always easy to detect a problem in the heart.” Screening allows to avoid a cardiovascular accident in eight out of ten cases.

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Stroke, embolism, respiratory failure …

“A lot of people know you need to be screened for breast cancer, but few think about cardiovascular disease”, notes Thierry Drilhon. However, there is an emergency: in France, 200 women die every day from a heart problem. “Our goal with the Heart Bus is to prevent rather than cure!”

With the Heart Bus, we want to come and pick up the women who are the most excluded from the health care path. Because women in precarious situations have less access to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. “- Thierry Drilhon, co-founder of Agir pour le cœur des femmes

When leaving the bus, the women take stock of their hearts with doctors. © Radio France
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When getting off the bus, the patients go to a doctor for an update, who gives them a health card. “They will be able to give this document to their attending physician”, explains Emmanuelle Reich-Pain, general practitioner at Korian.

The visit to the Heart Bus is free. You must book at 05 45 51 53 73.

The patients leave with a summary document, to be given to their attending physician.
The patients leave with a summary document, to be given to their attending physician. © Radio France
Solene Gardré
 
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