Wheeling Hospital celebrated the life of female survivors of heart disease in its auditorium Thursday night.
The hospital staged the event to help promote community knowledge of the risk factors of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association’s 2018 statistics, heart diseases, including related issues like hypertension and stroke, remain the leading cause of death in the United States.
One cardiologist took time to talk about the important role education plays in surviving the disease.
“Heart disease is no respecter of gender,” said Dr. Triston Smith, Wheeling Hospital’s Director of Heart and Coronary Operations. “It affects women, and it affects men. And the more education we can have out there, to women about heart disease, and how best to combat it…If there’s heart disease, how we can treat it, then I think that is good for everyone. It’s a ‘win-win’ situation for our patients, and also for us.”
This marks the third year that Wheeling Hospital has hosted the event.