RIPLEY - Jackson General Hospital would like to show their support and raise awareness among local women about heart health especially during February—National Heart Month. 

A heart attack doesn’t necessarily feel like a sudden painful episode that ends in collapse. And women are more likely than men to experience vague symptoms like nausea, fatigue or pain down their arms. But despite our progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. 

But what’s more powerful? 

Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke. Women have a higher lifetime risk of stroke than men. 

80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education 

National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, marked 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health 

While heart disease risk begins to rise in middle aged women, heart disease develops over time and can start at a young age, even in the teen years. Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. 

Jackson General Hospital Radiology department is proud to continue offering their state of the art cardiac testing to their patients. Cardiac nuclear medicine is useful in diagnosing and assessing coronary artery disease.

This type of testing is non-invasive and with the exception of IV injection of radioactive isotope is painless and helps physicians to diagnose and evaluate medical conditions.

Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint narrowing/small blockages in arties within the heart, they offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.

Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides valuable information. Dr. Gaal, Dr. Malik, Dr. Mills 

and Dr. Snyder refer for stress testing and imaging. However an order by ANY physician can be done at Jackson General Hospital. Have your physician call and schedule your appointment today. 

Jackson General Hospital Radiology Department 304-373-1525. Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends are making a change. 

   Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change. 

   More than one-third of women has lost weight. 

   More than 50% of women have increased their exercise. 

   6 out of 10 women have changed their diets. 

   More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels. 

   One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. 

   Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years. 

Staff of Jackson General Hospital, Morad-Hughes Health Center, The Clinic @ Wal-Mart, Primary Family Care and JGH Auxiliary show their support while wearing red for National Wear Red Day, February 3rd. The staff also is collecting money to donate to the American Heart Association! 

It’s never too early, or too late to take action to prevent and control the risk factors for heart disease.