Both Haggard and Miller deal with heart health on a day to day basis. They’re involved with caring for patient population with heart disease. They attend luncheons and each year to continue to raise awareness and go further in involving hospital associates.
“They predict approximately 500,000 women die every year from heart disease,” Haggard said. “Risk factors that are controllable are smoking, exercising, weight loss ... if you hear that you’re cholesterol is high, then modify you’re eating habits so they’re reduced.”
There are those risk factors that are uncontrollable though too, such as age and family history. But Haggard encourages people to walk a bit more, or park further away from their work.
“People don’t realize how many women really are affected by heart disease, it kills more women than all of the cancers put together,” she said. “That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness; it’s near and dear to our hearts to get the word out there.”
Some signs and symptoms that something may be wrong include shortness of breath, chest pains, fatigue, indigestion and abdominal pain.
“We need to take the time out to care for ourselves, make ourselves the priority,” Miller said. “Women are used to being the caretakers for others that they put off getting the care for themselves.”
Throughout the month of February there are various luncheons for Heart Health Month. Next week Haggard is attending an all-day meeting where she will go to the Indiana Statehouse to meet with local congress people and talk about what’s going on at the state level with healthcare ad all the initiatives around healthcare in the state.