Saint Francis to Host Women’s Heart-health Luncheon

Heart disease risk rises for everyone as they age, but for women, risk for heart attack can increase dramatically after menopause. Women are invited to learn about physical changes that can impact heart health after menopause and how to decrease their heart disease risks during the ninth annual Heart to Heart Luncheon on Friday, April 29, at Ray’s Plaza Banquet Center, 3257 William Street. Keynote speaker is Dr. Adi Mehta, an endocrinologist who specializes in Type I and Type II diabetes, thyroid issues, reproductive endocrinology and women’s health at the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s top cardiovascular hospital. The event will also feature exhibits and free health screenings prior to the presentation.

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of menstruation and fertility in women and does not cause cardiovascular diseases. However, certain risk factors increase around the time of menopause and a high-fat diet, smoking or other unhealthy habits begun earlier in life can also take a toll. Menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s life cycle, so it is important for women, as they approach menopause, to take stock of their health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, causing one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. 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 and is a great forum for learning how to better care for your heart. The luncheon is just one of Saint Francis’ efforts to increase awareness of heart disease prevention and treatment in Southeast Missouri.

Tickets for the Heart to Heart Luncheon are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and include the keynote presentation, cardiovascular health information, door prizes and a delicious heart-healthy meal. Sponsored tables are $250 and include reserved seating for eight and recognition in the event program. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Fitness Plus Service Desk at 150 S. Mount Auburn Road, Entrance 8. Doors open at 10:30 am Friday, April 29, at Ray’s Plaza Banquet Center, with educational exhibits and free health screenings. The luncheon and keynote presentation begin at noon. For more information, please call 573-331-5327.

Proceeds from the Heart to Heart Luncheons go to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Patient Scholarship fund at Saint Francis. These scholarships benefit female cardiac patients in need of financial assistance. Since the luncheons began in 2008, more than $45,000 has been raised and used through the scholarship.

Saint Francis Medical Center is Missouri’s only hospital affiliated with Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey.

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