As part of the national effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is partnering with the American Heart Association and Thrive!, Berea College’s health and wellness program, to host a Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event.
The event will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The luncheon will be held from noon-1 p.m. in The Commons Room of the Woods-Penniman Building at Berea College, located at the corner of Chestnut Street and Scaffold Cane Road. Parking will be available in the Presser Lot, or behind Boone Tavern. In addition, free screenings will be offered from 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, oxygen saturation, and peripheral vascular disease.
The free event will feature Jessica Pennington, MD, KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates, who will discuss the signs, symptoms and prevention of heart attacks in women. Mahmoud Abualayem, MD, KentuckyOne Health Cardiology Associates will also be on-site to help answer questions.
The month of February marks American Heart Month, a time to help spread awareness about how to prevent heart disease, and to encourage people to live heart healthy lives. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women, and a staggering 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease or stroke. Statistics show that 80 percent of heart disease and stroke events in women may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.