Delays, Closures and Cancellations Due to Winter Weather

Here are the Christiana Care Health System delays, closures and cancellations due to the winter storm on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Check back for updates.

Closures & Cancellations:

  • The Brain Aneurysm Support Group meeting scheduled on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is canceled.
  • The Breastfeeding Support Group scheduled for Wednesday, February 20 is canceled.

Christiana Care Health System’s essential hospital and emergency services, including the Emergency Departments at Christiana and Wilmington hospitals and Middletown, are open and will continue to operate without interruption. If you have any questions about the cancellation of your appointment, please call your physician.

Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.


Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Women and Heart Disease

Women and Heart Disease: Know the Facts

While heart disease is often thought of as a disease that mostly affects men, it truly is an equal opportunity killer. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over the past decade heart disease killed about the same number of women as it did men.

Following are some other facts from the CDC about women and heart disease:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. and is responsible for 1 in 4 female deaths.
  • It is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the U.S.
  • Almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Know Your Risk Factors

Some heart disease risk factors are the same for both men and women; however, some are unique to women. Following is a list of women’s risk factors:

If you have any of these risk factors or have had a diagnosis of heart disease, Christiana Care Cardiology Consultants now offers expert heart care just for women at seven locations in Delaware and one in Pennsylvania. Call 302-623-1929 to schedule an appointment.
  • High cholesterol – High LDL (low-density lipoproteins) leads to plaque build-up in arteries.
  • High blood pressure – Keep it under 120/80.
  • Obesity and inactivity – Some research indicates that women are less active than men.
  • Diabetes – Women are at greater risk than men if they have diabetes.
  • Mental stress and depression – Studies show that women’s hearts are affected by stress and depression more than men’s.
  • Smoking – This is another risk factor that puts women at greater risk than men for heart disease.
  • Post-menopausal women are at an increased risk. They not only develop coronary blockages in their surface arteries but also in the small vessels that supply the heart.
  • Pregnancy complications, including high blood pressure and diabetes – While temporary during pregnancy, mothers who had these complications may have a higher risk of developing them long term, thus increasing their risk of developing heart disease.

From the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association.

Heart Attack: Know the Signs

Women’s heart attack symptoms are often different than men’s. Women are more likely to experience:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It may last more than a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t take chances. Call 911 immediately and get to a hospital.

From the American Heart Association.

Programs in the Community

Christiana Care works hard to raise awareness of this significant public health issue. Through community education, lectures and targeted programs that are teaching women to recognize the risk factors for heart disease in themselves and others, we hope to reduce the incidence of heart disease among women in our community.

For women and their families, our heart health programs include:

Blood Pressure Ambassador Program — Specially trained volunteers from underserved communities help their neighbors by doing blood pressure screenings and educating them about heart health.

Dance Your Heart Out — Each March, we hold this fun event to get the whole family moving.

Mended Hearts — This support group helps people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a diagnosis of heart disease.

WomenHeart of New Castle County — Dedicated to community education and patient support for women at-risk of heart disease, this group meets regularly to discuss heart health and share information and resources.

Women’s Health Lecture Series — Free lectures by experts from Christiana Care on heart health and a range of other important and interesting health topics. Check our calendar of events frequently to learn about upcoming lectures and programs.

Christiana Care Center for Heart & Vascular Health
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1000