Women's heart health focus of February conference

BY LENA MITCHELL

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Most women are probably unaware they are more likely to die of heart disease than cancer.

The Women's Health Conference, planned for Feb. 11 and presented by the Magnolia Regional Health Center, is an effort to bring attention to women's risk for the deadly disease, said Heather Boyd, a hospital spokeswoman.

“People find it shocking that the number-one cause of death among women and men alike is heart disease,” Boyd said. “Reducing your chance of heart disease starts at an early age with a good, healthy lifestyle. This is an investment that can pay off in quality of life.”

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Hillandale Country Club. Lunch will be provided for those who register, and information booths will be set up from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

“This event is totally free to the public, so we are hoping for a great turnout,” Boyd said.

Registration is required by Feb. 7. Call Boyd at (662) 293-7680 for a reservation or for more information.

Understanding the risks, as well as preventive measures to ward off heart disease, such as healthy diet and exercise, will be presented during the workshop by heart specialist Dr. John Prather, and others.

“Knowing the symptoms of heart disease, and how they may be different for women than they are for men, is very important,” Boyd said.

Generally, men report symptoms that include a crushing feeling in the chest, a cold sweat and pain running up the left side of the neck and down the left arm, she said. Women's symptoms are often more general – not feeling good, nausea, dizziness and weakness.

Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.