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Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital offers Heart Month program

Bolingbrook – Women and heart disease – unfortunately they too often go hand in hand.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.  But there are plenty of things women can do to minimize their risks.

In its commitment to helping women prevent heart disease, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will host a free event in February aimed at educating women of all ages on how to remain heart healthy.  The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the hospital, 500 Remington Blvd. 

February is “Go Red for Women Month,” and the hospital staff will focus on a variety of women’s health issues.  Heart disease is a major health issue for women, yet there are many lifestyle choices that can impact an individual’s risk.

Dr. Meechai Tessalee, an interventional cardiologist who treats patients at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, is the featured speaker at the event.  Tessalee said maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle is a great long-term investment that anyone can make.

“As women, there are so many little things we can do every day, individual choices, that will pay dividends in our future health,” he said.  “No matter your age or your current lifestyle, there are activities and choices you can make today that will reduce your risks and lead to a better quality of life.”

During his presentation, Tessalee will discuss choices women can make in each decade of their lives that will lead to healthier hearts and prevent disease.

Many people think that heart disease is only a man’s problem, Tessalee said. But as women get older, they die from heart attack or stroke just as often as men. Minority women are at especially high risk for heart disease.

Tessalee said it’s important that women do all they can to protect their heart health. And it’s never too soon. Heart disease doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with the choices you make when you’re young.
            Some simple heart health tips include:
            • Don’t smoke.
            • Exercise often.
            • Eat a low-fat diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, grains, and fish.
            • Stay at a healthy weight.
            • See your doctor for blood pressure and cholesterol check