Kathlynn Northrup-Snyder, assistant professor of nursing, will present "Womens Hearts, Womens Choices" on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The talk will center on cardiac rehabilitation for women and Northrup-Snyders research surrounding the under-utilized program. Only 25 percent of women take advantage of the three-month, physician-referred program, which incorporates education on exercise, stress management and diet and enables women to return to health in a safe environment, surrounded by professionals.
"The program helps them get back into shape and break the bad habits that may have contributed to their condition in the first place," she noted. "This wonderful post-cardiac event program is not being utilized and we need to know why."
She chose the topic for her dissertation, interviewing 25 women who had suffered a cardiac episode. She also talked with a primary support person for each woman such as a spouse, parent, child or friend. According to Northrup-Snyder, little research has centered on women though heart disease is a leading cause of death for women. In addition to evaluating feelings, beliefs and social support, Northrup-Snyder looked at environmental issues such as insurance and transportation. She found the main reason women did not participate in cardiac rehabilitation was a lack of information about the program. Other issues, such as transportation and dependency, factored in as well.
Northrup-Snyder earned a BSN from Idaho State University, an MSN from the University of Alabama in Birmingham as a community health clinical nurse specialist and a Ph.D. in public health from Oregon State University.
The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by members of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.