Local hospital educates women about heart disease

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

It is the number one killer in women but sometimes we overlook the symptoms.

"They may experience sleep disturbance, unusual fatigue, jaw pain, and back pain." says registered nurse, Amy Music.

That's why Highlands Medical Center wants women to know more about heart disease.

"We just want to help women learn what they can do and help take care of themselves." says Maxanna Cook, with Highlands Health Systems.

And hopefully women learned that in the hospitals 5th annual "Ladies in Red" program.

The program aims at educating women with visual and hands on experiences.

Maxanna Cook says a poor diet is one of the main causes of heart disease.

"It constricts the blood vessels and so we certainly don't want that, we want them to open them up and have blood moving through." she adds.

Cooks says exercise is a good way to keep those blood vessels open and for those of you who dread exercising there is another way to keep that blood moving.

"If they can try to decrease stress in their life and have a good laugh that is really good for their heart."

So laughter may be the best medicine after all.

For more information about heart disease or to set up a screening visit: www.hrmc.org

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