Loma Linda International Heart Institute hosts heart awareness event
Lilly A. Chaput, MD, MPH, chief, California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program run by the California deparment of health, provides the keynote address.
On Friday, February 2, a group of 285 women, nearly all clad in red, converged on the Music Room of the Mission Inn to learn more about heart disease at the Loma Linda International Heart Institute’s women’s heart luncheon.
The women gathered to create awareness about women’s heart health. Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, welomed the group to begin the luncheon.
“Thank you for coming,” said Ms. Fike. “We’re here to learn how to live healthier lives and share that with those we love. Our goal is to raise the awareness of heart disease among women. Heart disease doesn’t pay any heed to titles—you’ll notice your name tags don’t have titles to reflect that.”
Master of ceremonies Stephanie Edwards, a television celebrity, drove from Woodland Hills to attend the event. It is the second time she has attended and acted in the role at the event.
The Honorable Shirley N. Pettis Roberson is one 285 guests attending the women’s heart luncheon. The event was sponsored by the Loma Linda International Heart Institute.
Lily Chaput, MD, MPH, chief of the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program with the California Department of Health Services, spoke about alarming rates of heart disease in Southern California and talked about lifestyle factors that can be modified to prevent the disease.
“These are very concerning numbers regarding the risk factors,” Dr. Chaput said. She encouraged women to know their cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and body mass index; to monitor their weight; and to exercise. She answered questions about heart health-related issues.
Joyce Johnston Rusch, a Loma Linda University Medical Center nurse with the International Heart Transplant Team, talked about the hospital’s internationally known infant organ transplant program.
“No matter what our age is, we are at risk for heart disease,” Ms. Rusch said.
She then showed news footage chronicling the hospital’s infant heart transplant program, including clips from Baby Fae.
“Some of those children are now married and have babies of their own,” Ms. Rusch said.
Sally Kaiser-Dyer, coordinator of Loma Linda University’s community education programs for the Heart Institute, coordinated the luncheon.
By Prestson Clarke Smith
Sally Kaiser-Dyer, coordinator of Loma Linda University’s community education programs for the Loma Linda International Heart Institute, welcomes guests to the luncheon.
Television celebrity Stephanie Edwards serves as master of ceremonies for the Loma Linda International Heart Institute Luncheon.