MOUNT VERNON — A number of attendees wore red clothing to the Knox Community Hospital Go Red luncheon on Friday at Urgent Care where board certified interventionist cardiologist, Dr. Cindy Baker, spoke about heart disease. The hospital has sponsored the campaign for women in recent years, but this year they decided to open the event to couples because February is American Heart Month and, of course, Valentine’s Day was Thursday.
The American Heart Association created the Go Red campaign to reach out to women with awareness and information about heart disease.
“For women, heart disease is different,” said Twilla Lee, director of cardiovascular education, “Women often feel like they have indigestion. They’re used to doing a lot of things at the same time and doing for other people and not paying attention to themselves. So that’s why the American Heart Association decided to do this campaign for women.”
This year Peripheral Vascular Disease, and more specifically Peripheral Artery Disease, was chosen as this year’s topic. Dr. Baker, who is an assistant professor at The Ohio State University Medical Center and a physician at Knox Community Hospital, said, “It affects men and women. Cardiovascular disease occurs more frequently in men earlier in life but women catch up later. The same is true of Peripheral Artery Disease.”
She explained that peripheral vascular disease is any disease or disorder of the circulatory system that leads to insufficient blood flow to muscles or tissue. It does not include coronary or cranial arteries.
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