TYLER, TX – In recognition of National Heart Month in February, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and KYTX CBS 19 will seek to increase awareness of women’s heart disease by honoring women who have battled and conquered cardiac disease through Women With Heart events held across East Texas. And now, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital needs the community’s help recognizing these “Women With Heart” at christustmf.org/WWH.
Members of the public are encouraged to go online and nominate themselves or a woman from within their community in Tyler, Lindale, Sulphur Springs or Jacksonville who is triumphing against cardiac disease.
According to statistics from the American Heart Association, heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases cause approximately half of all deaths in American women, and one-out-of-three women over age 65 have some form of heart disease. Statistics from the Department of Health and Community Hospital Consulting also show that heart disease is the biggest threat to the women and men of East Texas and the leading cause of death in our region. Educating the public on the dangers of heart disease is vital. The Women With Heart program puts a local face on a national issue – and gives communities a chance to recognize ladies who have fought hard against this epidemic with entertaining and educational events spread throughout East Texas during February, Women’s Heart Month.
“We are all at risk for heart disease, and oftentimes we learn best by hearing about other women’s experiences firsthand,” said Deborah Taylor, RN, BSN, MHA, Assistant Vice President, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and the Cardiovascular Institute. “Participation in these events from the speakers, the community, the physicians – and especially from the public who nominates these women – is an invaluable effort to help increase awareness of heart disease.”
Women With Heart events are free and open to the public, and will take place each week in February at locations in Tyler, Lindale, Sulphur Springs and Jacksonville. Activities at each city’s event will include a healthy dinner, door prizes and access to vital health information. Each of the four events will be highlighted with an educational and inspiring keynote address by Taylor and followed by a panel discussion/question and answer session by physicians representing multiple cardiovascular specialties.
“The Women With Heart program is perhaps, most importantly, a message of prevention,” said Taylor. “We know that prevention and preparation is the best form of treatment. It is not just about fixing a problem; it is about preventing the problems before they have a chance to arise.”
There are many regular routines for women when it comes to their health, from breast cancer screenings to skin care. However, there is very little for heart disease, despite it being the number one killer of women in this country. But, if women log on to christustmfrisk.org, there is a free heart health risk assessment tool to help calculate someone’s possible danger of heart disease.
“The Women With Heart program is a chance for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System to shine a light on a real, tangible problem in Northeast Texas,” said Taylor. “It is a chance to educate the community about the risks associated with this limiting disease and how to prepare oneself and avert potentially life-threatening health problems. But fundamentally, it is a chance for the physicians, staff and Associates of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System to give back to the community they call home.”