Luncheon Addresses Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States.

The Heart to Heart Luncheon, hosted by Saint Francis Medical Center and supported by committee members from the community, is an annual event committed to raising awareness of women’s unique risk factors for heart disease. Held each spring, the luncheon features educational exhibits, free screenings, a keynote speaker, a meal, door prizes and gifts for each attendee.

The next luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, at Drury Lodge, 104 South Vantage Drive in Cape Girardeau. Doors open at 10:30 am for exhibits and screenings and the keynote address and meal begin at noon.

Proceeds from the Heart to Heart Luncheon benefit the Cardiac Rehabilitation Patient Scholarship Fund at Saint Francis. Scholarships from this fund benefit female cardiac patients in need of financial assistance.

The keynote speaker for the 2015 luncheon is Soo Hyun (Esther) Kim, MD, MPH, RPVI, researcher and physician on staff at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kim specializes in general cardiology, preventive cardiology, women’s heart health and vascular medicine.

Dr. Kim is an award-winning researcher and received the 2007 American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award.

A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Kim also holds a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. At Cleveland Clinic, she completed fellowships in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine before joining the staff in 2008.

Dr. Kim is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. She is also certified in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You can order tickets at or at the Fitness Plus Service Desk. Table sponsorships are also available. Please call 573-331-5327 for more information.

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