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Texas Health Physicians Group Cardiologist to Share Heart Disease Prevention Tips at Lecture
09/17/2012

ALLEN, Texas — Education is key to helping women of all ages protect themselves from heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women in Texas.

Joann Journigan, M.D.
Joann Journigan, M.D.

So Joann Journigan, M.D., a cardiologist with Texas Health Physicians Group, will discuss how to manage risk factors for heart and vascular disease and ways to live a heart-healthy life at “The Heart of a Woman,” a free, one-hour lecture Sept. 27 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

Texas Health Resources and the Tarrant County and Dallas Divisions of the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined forces once again in a continuing effort to battle heart disease, which kills an average of 64 women a day in this state, and puts one in three American women at risk of dying.

“As a cardiologist, I am very passionate about raising community awareness of the largely under-recognized problem of heart disease in women,” Journigan said. “I believe education is the key to the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors and prevention of heart disease.”

The AHA created the Go Red movement almost 10 years ago to raise awareness of heart disease while celebrating the energy, passion and power of women across the country. The collaboration between Texas Health and the AHA began in July 2011.

“The Go Red philosophy reflects Texas Health’s focus of keeping people healthy through prevention, education and addressing the overall well-being of individuals,” said Doug Hawthorne, chief executive officer of Texas Health Resources. “Working together, we’re turning the tables in a positive direction by helping educate women and emphasizing the importance of heart health.”

“As we’ve made great strides in the past nine years through the Go Red for Women campaign, we are seeing an increase in certain risk factors,” said Kim Slone, senior vice president of North Texas for the AHA. “Educating as many women as possible on their connection to heart disease and what they can do to prevent this devastating illness has the potential to save countless lives.”

Although heart attack rates during the last 20 years have increased for women ages 35 to 54, Journigan said, it makes sense for women of every age to pay attention to their heart health.

“All women should be concerned about heart disease and can take steps to prevent it,” said Journigan, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. Her practice, Cardiology & Vascular Providers, is located at 7850 Collin McKinney Parkway, Suite 120, in McKinney.

“Through treatment of risk factors and lifestyle modification,” Journigan said, “women can help take control of their futures.”

To register for “The Heart of a Woman,” visit TexasHealth.org/Advances, and to learn more about Texas Health’s heart and vascular services, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart. To learn more about the American Heart Association’s upcoming Go Red for Women events, visit heart.org/northtexasgoesred.

About Texas Health Physicians Group
Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) is Texas Health Resources’ 501(a) nonprofit health corporation. THPG includes more than 750 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical professionals dedicated to providing safe, quality care for our patients. In addition to our primary and specialty practices, the THPG network includes sleep lab services, infusion services, diagnostic imaging and chiropractic services in more than 200 locations in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Tarrant counties.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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