Mayo Clinic’s Dr Sharonne Hayes talks Go Red and Women’s Heart Health

(rock music) – [Voiceover] Coming
you in high definition, this is the Fox 9 Morning News. – Heart disease is the
number one killer of women. – To raise awareness, the Go
Red campaign was launched. Coming up on the Fox 9 Morning News we’ll talk about some
advances in heathcare and how you can get involved. It’s coming up on the Fox 9 Morning News. (rock music) – But right now we’re
talking about a disease that is largely
preventable, heart disease, however, still remains the
number one killer of women. So this month of February
is dedicated, of course, to Go Red for Women. Joining us this morning to
talk about heart disease is Dr. Sharonee Hayes. She serves on the board of the National Coalition
for Women with Heart Disease. And she’s a physician at the Mayo Clinic. Thanks for joining us this morning. – Thank you very much. I’m glad to be here. – All right, so as I was talking
to the doctor in the break, that, you know, there are so many things that we hear about heart disease. And we begin to maybe not hear it anymore. So you said there are
a couple of key points that you want to make here today. And one of them is, might
be surprising to you, that it’s really important that women become part of research. And it maybe isn’t as big of a thing as you think it might be. – Well, I think that everybody
thinks of women’s health when they think about
breast cancer research or hormone research. And they don’t think about heart disease. But heart disease is the
number one killer of women. So if you had to say, that
is the women’s health issue. So if women think about
it, their doctor asks them, might you want your blood
for a cholesterol trial or be involved in a high
blood pressure trial or can we use your information
to help other women or maybe even have a procedure, you know. Research is gonna help women because we don’t, that’s
one of our biggest gaps. Women make up only about
25% of participants in research trials for heart disease. So we’re not gonna be
able to help ourselves, our kids, our grandmothers, our mothers, if we don’t help doctors like me learn more about how to care for patients. – Even though you’re learning more, there still is a lot of
the unknown out there. And it’s really critical,
you mentioned generations, that we set an example for our kids in how we live our lifestyle
and living a healthy lifestyle because really we’re
passing along those genes and really, how we handle
life to our children and to our family members. – Exactly, and you know, it’s
one thing to set the example. But through the research we’re finding that it’s not just what we
do in modeling behavior. Actually, the health of the
mother is very important in terms of the health of her children. So if a woman is diabetic
when she’s pregnant, her child is more likely to be obese. If she smokes, her
preschooler is more likely to have high blood pressure. So there are things that
women have control over. And I think making behavior
change, changing our lifestyle, quitting smoking, exercising, it’s hard. And sometimes for women, the only, they’re not gonna do it for themselves. They’re only gonna do it for someone else. So there are a lot of people in our lives that we can motivate women to do that for. – Let’s talk the event coming up. It is the National Wear Red Day. The date, by the way,
mark it on your calendar, February 4th, a date to wear red. And what– – And I just wear it all
February because it’s– (laughs) You never know. – Yeah, tell us what’s
gonna happen for the event. – So it’s a nationally
designated day on Friday. Everybody wear something red. That can be a red dress, it
can be a red tie, you know, real men wear red dresses, on their pins or whatever. So it’s an important day to show support for women with heart disease and to show that we can
help prevent heart disease. But it’s on the 5th, the following day, That AHA is having its
big Mall of America event. And you can go there
and see fashion shows. You can get health
screenings, walk around– – [Reporter] Free health screenings? – [Sharonee] Yes, yes. Know what your blood pressure
and your cholesterol are. So I think that both wearing red, and wear red both days,
you know, all February. – [Reporter] Why not? – [Sharonee] Yeah, why not? (chuckles) – All right, well, thank you. Some really good
information to think about and obviously support women. And we want to get rid of, you know, heart disease completely, so
this is a big part of that, one piece, shall we say. All right, well, thank you so much. Dr. Hayes is the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Go
Red for Women function. And thank you so much for being here– – Thank you so much. – To talk about this important issue. – Yes, healthy heart.

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