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Texas Health Kaufman Hosting Heart-Healthy Lunch
02/02/2009

KAUFMAN, Texas — What is the leading killer of women? Most people guess breast cancer, but cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death.

Heart disease occurs at a rate of nearly double that of all cancers, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 39 percent of female deaths in the United States are from cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

To help educate women about the dangers of cardiovascular disease, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman’s Women Auxiliary will host a heart-healthy educational lunch on Thursday, Feb. 12. The event, which will start at noon, will be held at the First Baptist Church of Kaufman’s Fellowship Hall.

Dr. James Park, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman, will speak about cardiac health. Admission is $5 and includes a heart-healthy lunch of soup, salad and fruit. Women also will be able to get their blood pressure checked for free.

“Women in particular often spend most of their time worrying about the health of their family,” said Pat Jackson, community outreach representative at Texas Health Kaufman. “It is important not to ignore warning signs and to take steps to improve your health before a medical crisis occurs.”

Heart attacks usually don’t start with symptoms like the movies portray, an older man gripping his heart and then collapsing. Instead, heart attacks typically start with mild pain that can easily be dismissed.

The American Heart Association (AHA) says that symptoms include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, but feels like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

Women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, vomiting or back and jaw pain than men, the AHA says.

To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the AHA recommends that people control any high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as stop smoking, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.

For questions or more information about the event, call Jackson at 972-932-7394. Women may purchase tickets to the luncheon at the hospital gift shop or at the church’s fellowship hall the day of the event. First Baptist Church of Kaufman is at 302 S. Washington Street.

For more information on cardiovascular disease, log on to www.choosetomove.org.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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