"A lot of women don't fully understand their health risk or fully understand about hot to be healthier in general, how to get to the health goals that they want," says Jennifer Rodriguez.
For that reason, Rush hosted a Women First Health Symposium at the MSU Riley Center. Jennifer Rodriguez is an Interventional Cardiologist at the Rush Heart Institute. She says this was an opportunity for women to become more knowledgeable about their own health.
"So we're hoping that by having a series of health fairs like this one today and some other ones that are upcoming that the women here is Meridian are going to get a little bit smarter about their own heart risk and have a better understanding about what to do to improve their life and their health," explains Rodriguez.
Now a woman may play many roles in her life: mother, friend, wife, daughter, employee, the list goes on. It's no wonder women often find themselves putting their own needs last. As Rush employees say, there are ways women can focus on their own lives.
"We tend to put ourselves last on taking care of ourselves, so this is a chance for women to find out different things that they need to focus on in their own lives," says a Rush staff member.
And one focus point that many staff members of Rush agree upon, is the importance of knowing the dangers of heart disease in women. Rodriguez stresses just how real heart disease is.
"A lot of women don't understand that cardiovascular disease still is the number one killer of women, all women, even here in Meridian, Mississippi. A lot of them don't understand what they need to do to go about finding their risk and some of them don't understand that these things can be prevented and they are treatable," says Rodriguez.
With the help of this symposium and others like it, the aim is to prevent heart disease and other health risks women have.
"The biggest shame is to loose one of our mothers, sisters, children, friends, to a very treatable and very serious disease, especially when we know we had a very good chance of preventing it."