BYRON -- As part of Heart Health Month, the Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, hosted a women’s luncheon Friday.
About 75 women attended the luncheon at the Byron Municipal Complex to hear Dr. Alexander Smolensky talk about cardiovascular health.
Smolensky is a consulting cardiologist at Middle Georgia Heart and Vascular Center in Warner Robins as well as an assistant professor at Mercer University’s School of Medicine.
He explained that symptoms of heart disease are different for a woman than for a man. Women are also less likely to call 911 if they are experiencing typical heart attack symptoms.
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“More women than men die of cardiovascular disease each year,” Smolensky said in his presentation.
“Now we know it’s all different and complex. Can you make it better? Of course you can,” Smolensky said.
Diet and exercise along with monitoring blood pressure, sugar intake and heart rate are all important factors in preventing heart disease.
Smolensky is a vegan and runs marathons. He stressed the importance of being active.
“The more active we are, the less stress, the less cancer, the less heart disease and the less chance for diabetes there is,” he said.
The audience members seemed to appreciate the information.
Lucille Johnson, who lives in Byron, said she has stayed active all her life.
The 89-year-old said she is still wearing clothes she wore in high school.
“I’ve always gone to the gym,” Johnson said. who also gardens.
Byron resident Maggie Newberry enjoyed the program and received a lot of useful information.
A former teacher, Newberry now spends her time volunteering at the hospital in Peach County.
“It is easier to take control than you might think,” said Newberry of maintaining heart health.