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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Gives Women Keys to Improve Heart Health

In recognition of American Heart Month in February, the City of Burleson and Huguley Memorial Medical Center hosted “Make Your Heart Happy,” a women’s healthy heart lunch.  Cardiothoracic surgeon Michael Wood, MD, discussed heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in Texas.

According to Dr. Wood, many women are surprised to learn that cardiovascular disease affects more women than breast cancer. Also, heart disease symptoms in women can be different than heart disease symptoms for men, which may delay treatment.

Although 1 in 5 women will develop heart disease, many risk factors for heart disease can be controlled or eliminated.  Lifestyle changes including quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and reducing stress can prevent many types of heart disease.

Approximately 135 local women attended the event, which was sponsored by the City of Burleson’s Be Healthy Initiative. 

The City of Burleson has partnered with Huguley Memorial Medical Center on its Be Healthy Initiative, a community health awareness program.  The purpose of Be Healthy is to keep citizens aware of events and educational opportunities in the community that focus on promoting the safety, wellness and health of Burleson’s community members and their families.

Upcoming Be Healthy events include the Burleson Safe Kids Fair on April 20 at Bartlett Park Sports Complex and a Community Health Fair May 18 at Hidden Creek Golf Course.  To learn more about the Be Healthy Initiative, including notification of events, go to or call Huguley’s Community Development Coordinator Victoria Sykes at 817-568-5497.