February is Heart Month, a time to focus on the risk factors for heart disease and how to lower the chances of a fatal heart attack, according to Fauquier Health.
Cardiologists Ara Maranian, M.D.; Sheila Khianey, M.D.; Michael Escano, M.D.; and Ahsan Jafir, D.O., will discuss heart disease risk factors at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.20, in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room.
The physicians will explain symptoms in both men and women and how to lower the chances of having a heart attack. They will also take questions from the audience during a panel discussion, focusing on the latest research for preventing heart attacks.
To register, call (540) 316-3588 or go to www.fauquierhealth.org
Dr. Maranian will discuss risk factors for heart disease, including: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, excess weight, a family history of heart disease and physical inactivity. The Centers for Disease Control reports that almost half of United States residents have two of the three of the first three risk factors.
American Heart Association statistics reveal that, for women, one in three deaths each year is caused by a heart attack. Dr. Khianey will talk about heart disease for women, who may be more at risk because the warning signs are more subtle and harder to recognize.
While men may experience dramatic symptoms during a heart attack – like gripping chest pains and breaking out in a cold sweat – women may have discomfort in the stomach, jaw, neck or back, or nausea and shortness of breath.
Women are more likely to dismiss these signs as minor, and not seek immediate medical attention. Heart disease is the number one killer of both sexes.