Morgan A. Owens. Photo provided

Morgan A. Owens. Photo provided

Last month I hosted a Heart Month Workout with my friends at @thechristhospital. Before we worked out we had a special guest, Dr. Odayme Quesada, who is the Medical Director of The Women’s Heart Center. She gave us some great information on heart health and how we can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Heart Talk Q&A with Dr. Quesada

Q:Any warning signs you should worry about?
A: It’s important to note that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women. We know that women present with different heart disease symptoms than men. Listen to your body: left arm pain, left jaw pain, nausea, having a hard time breathing. These could all be signs of a heart attack.

Q. What kind of things do you do to promote heart disease prevention with women at The Christ Hospital Women’s Heart Center? 
A. What we do is look at all the numbers: blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, sugar levels. We are calculating heart disease risk score, and based on that risk score, we estimate their 10-year risk of heart disease. Then depending where a woman’s individual heart disease risk score is, we talk about her lifestyle and diet, and how to make improvements.

Q: Where is The Christ Hospital Women’s Heart Center located? 
A: The Women’s Heart Center has two convenient locations in Montgomery and Ft. Wright, Ky.
For more tips to help you live a healthier life, check out The Christ Hospital’s Healthspirations blog. Let’s keep our hearts happy and moving!

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