Featuring a local cardiologist, “Let’s Talk Heart Disease” will shine a spotlight on the risk factors and signs of the life-threatening condition and expert advice on living heart smart

Since 1950, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While heart disease death rates decreased for the U.S. population over the last decade, health experts are reporting an uptick in cardiovascular problems post-pandemic.

Even a mild case of COVID-19 can increase one’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis, according to a study by the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. Researchers found that rates of many cardiovascular-related conditions, such as heart failure and stroke, were substantially higher in those who had recovered from COVID-19 than in similar people who had not had the disease. Even more alarming, the risk was elevated even for people under 65 years of age who lacked risk factors, such as obesity and diabetes.

To help Rio Grande Valley residents understand the importance of prioritizing their heart health this American Heart Month, South Texas Health System is dedicating its next monthly Let’s Talk Your Health webinar to heart disease. Entitled “Let’s Talk Heart Disease,” the free seminar will be led by Dr. Augustine George, an interventional cardiologist with South Texas Health System Clinics. Taking place on Tuesday, February 21, the session will highlight the risk factors and warning signs of heart disease, the complications related to the condition and the health expert-recommended ways to take charge of your heart. 

The discussion will be hosted via Zoom. To access the webinar, people can use Meeting ID 986 1686 7482 and Passcode 926646; pre-registration is not required. In addition, the event will be broadcast live via South Texas Health System’s Facebook page.

Who: South Texas Health System

What: FREE virtual seminar entitled Let’s Talk Heart Disease

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom. Pre-registration not required. Zoom Meeting ID: 986 1686 7482; Passcode: 92664. Or tune in live via STHS’ Facebook page

Why: The event will offer the community an opportunity to learn about the dangers of heart disease and what we can do to prevent it.

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About South Texas Health System

South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level I Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system and its comprehensive services, please visit