Preventing heart failure discussed at luncheon

Preventing heart failure discussed at luncheon

LAWTON, Okla._Heart failure, its treatment and its prevention were on the menu for Wednesday's Heart Luncheon at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Ronald Woodson from the Heart Center of Southwest Oklahoma spoke about what heart failure is, what causes it and how treatments have improved drastically over the years. Modern treatments range from medications, to pacemakers and defibrillators to left ventricular assist devices and even heart transplants. Dr. Woodson says it's important people know that there are better treatments now than in the past.

"Now, people with heart failure have a much better prognosis than they did say 20 or 30 years ago, as far as medications, but also advanced cardiac support," Dr. Woodson said.

Dr. Woodson says you can decrease your risk for heart failure by living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Attendees also heard from a man who had a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, put in three years ago. He told the group what it is like to live with an LVAD and how it saved his life.