Ascension Seton is celebrating American Heart Month throughout the month of February.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and it has been estimated as the underlying cause of death for 1 out of 4 deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. However, Ascension Seton experts say you’re never too old, or too young, to make lifestyle changes that can help prevent heart disease.
Check out some of our top stories in recognition of American Heart Month:
Austin woman celebrates lifesaving heart transplant on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is not just a day of love, it’s also National Donor Day. Sibyl McDade celebrated her “heart-iversary” on Valentine’s Day, one year after receiving a heart transplant.
Dr. Mary Beth Cishek, cardiologist at the Ascension Seton Heart Institute, says whatever leads up to organ donation opportunities is catastrophic and painful for families, but organ donation has brought healing and closure. CBS Austin shared her story.
How you can keep your heart healthy
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and is also the number one killer of women. Dr. Caitlin Giesler, cardiologist and director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Ascension Seton Heart Institute, spoke to KXAN on making healthy choices to help prevent heart disease. Find the story here.
Cardiologists aim for Texans to be more heart healthy
How do you take action to protect your heart health? According to Dr. Vamsi Krishna, medical director of the Cardiac Cath laboratory and cardiac rehab at Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays, treatment for heart disease, hypertension and diabetes must begin at home with a healthy lifestyle. Read more from the Hays Free Press.
10 Ways Your Heart Changes After 50
Over 50? Dr. Caitlin Giesler, cardiologist and director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Ascension Seton Heart Institute, spoke to Reader’s Digest on the ways the heart can change after 50, including Coronary microvascular disease (MVD), or the narrowing of heart vessels. Dr. Giesler says a healthy lifestyle and medications can improve MVD. Read the story here.
Little Hats, Big Hearts
February 1 is National Wear Red Day and the first day of American Heart Month. To raise awareness of heart disease, babies at Ascension Seton hospitals sported red hats.