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February 3, 2012 - Go Red for Women Symposium to Feature Three USA Physicians

Three physicians at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine will be speaking during a series of break-out sessions at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women symposium.

The event, which is partially sponsored by the USA Health System, will take place Feb. 14, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in downtown Mobile.

The physicians are: Dr. Steve Cordina, assistant professor of neurology and medical director for the USA Stroke Center; Dr. David Lewis, professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology; and Dr. Clara Massey, professor of internal medicine and director of the division of cardiology.

As part of the "Go Red for Women" campaign against heart disease, the day is set aside for special events to educate and inspire women to take action against the number one killer of women in the United States. In addition to the presentations, the event will include health screenings, educational literature and a luncheon.

At the event, Dr. Massey will discuss heart disease in women and provide statistics for the nation and the state of Alabama. Dr. Cordina’s talk will explain how to recognize signs of an impending stroke, and Dr. Lewis will provide new information on high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy and how it serves as a predictor of cardiovascular disease with aging.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease claims the life of almost one woman every minute. This event strives to educate women about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart to reduce sudden stroke and heart attacks.

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