Texas Health Physicians Group Cardiologist to Share Heart Disease Prevention Tips at Lecture|
ALLEN, Texas — Education is key to helping women of all ages protect themselves from heart disease — the No. 1 killer of women in Texas.
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.
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