The Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie held a women’s luncheon on Feb. 26, covering women's heart health.

The event took place at the Waxahachie Civic Center, in the Crape Myrtle Room.

Cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie, Betsy George, was the speaker for the hour. George began her presentation with a brief introduction, mentioning that she has been a part of the Baylor Scott & White team for seven years.

“What I’d like to talk to you about is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) in women,” George said.

She began with a case presentation, having a made-up patient as an example for the audience. The patient, named Mrs. Molly Isaacs, represented Myocardial Infarction. Myocardial Infarction is the medical term for a heart attack.

Mrs. M.I. is a patient with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. She is explained to be a 60-year-old woman with sedentary movement throughout the day and many symptoms of CAD.

CAD is a disease which, if not treated, can lead to a heart attack in the future. CAD is caused by build-up of cholesterol, damage of the arteries by high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco and family history. A heart attack occurs when there is no blood flow to the tissue of the heart. Signs of a heart attack include, but are not limited to: chest pains, shortness of breath and stress.

“Even if you’re male or female, the most common sign [of a heart attack] is chest pain,” George stated. “Chest pain can be chest discomfort, chest squeeze, chest pressure, chest tightness. Women a lot of times can have shortness of breath as their presenting symptom.”

Attendee Andra Dudley said her interest was sparked for this event because of her family history.

“Just family history. My Dad’s had to have a stent, like they were describing up there,” Dudley said.  “I’m really in tune with my doctor and stuff. I’m more here concerned for my husband than with me.”

Dudley wants to be as educated as she can about health to prevent any genetic disease from passing down.

George mentioned studies in Blue Zones, which are locations where many people live to be centurions. These people have strong family ties, they do not smoke, their diet is mostly plant-based, they have constant physical activities, they have good social engagement and they eat a lot of legumes.

In analyzing that information, George stated her prescription for success. The five F’s women should prioritize in their life, in order to remain healthy, should be:

1. Faith
2. Family
3. Food
4. Fitness
5. Fun

“At my age, I’m just trying to stay alive,” Dudley shared. “I like the fact that faith was her first thing.”

According to George, the first thing to do if experiencing any symptoms of a possible heart attack is to go to the emergency room.

 “A lot of times it’s best to call 9-1-1 because then even the EMS can start the medicines that you need in the ambulance,” George said.“Remember Time is Muscle; every second you wait you could be damaging your heart muscle.”

In her presentation, George shared the different tests that can be done to diagnose CAD. These are an exercise stress test, a chemical stress test and a coronary CT, based on the levels of symptoms. These tests can be easily taken at a Cath Lab.

President of Baylor Scott & White in Waxahachie, Will Turner, stated that in the next few months a Cath Lab will be coming to the city.

“We’re actually under construction to have one here in Waxahachie,” Turner said. “It will be done in the coming months.”