Women and heart disease focus of health conference

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Heart health was on the minds of several hundred guests who attended Friday’s Women’s Health Conference in Corinth.
“This is my first time attending, but I had heart surgery Nov. 5 and wanted to hear more about the heart, blood pressure and rehabilitation,” said Sherry Joyner of Corinth. “I didn’t have any history of heart problems, just felt bad for a long time.”
People like Joyner as well as people with a family history of heart-related illness and people who have no complaints but want to know how to avoid problems are those the conference is trying to reach, said organizer Dr. John Prather.
This is the eighth year Prather and others from Magnolia Regional Health Center’s Heart and Vascular Center have presented the conference to focus on heart health, particularly the high incidence of heart disease in women.
Though her family has no history of heart disease, Joyce Rossi brought her granddaughter, Alex Rossi, to this year’s conference as an educational outing for the home-schooled student.
“I thought it would be a good experience for her,” said Joyce Rossi, who attends the conference each year. “The speakers are interesting and I get to see people I haven’t seen all winter.”
Corinth resident Curtis Porter also has been a regular attendee at the conference.
“My family members have a history of heart disease,” he said. “All the sessions I’ve attended have had plenty of good information about heart health.”
Some risk factors for heart disease are beyond our control – family history, age, race or ethnicity – but other factors such as smoking, weight, exercise and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol are ones individuals are urged to tackle.
All properties of Magnolia Regional Health Center are preparing to go tobacco-free effective June 1.
Smoking cessation programs are available to employees, along with other support systems. There also are “Lunch amp& Learn” sessions with speakers.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@ journalinc.com.