GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women in fact 30% of Americans die from heart disease every year.

Dr. Marzia Leacche is a cardio-thoracic surgeon with Spectrum Health who is passionate about bringing more awareness to just to heart disease but also heart failure.

Right now informational searches on heart disease and heart failure make up only 2% of internet searches as compared to breast and other cancers. 

Leacch wants to make sure heart failure patients are not only diagnosed early but that they are getting the best care by involving a cardiologist specialist in their treatment plan.

Heart Month Event hosted by Spectrum Health
A special Heart Health Month event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

Cancer treatment, including chemotherapy drugs and radiation, can have lasting side effects on the heart. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart: Your Heart After Cancer Treatment” will feature a panel discussion by Wissam Abdallah, MD, cardio-oncologist, Laura Franey, MD, cardiologist, and oncologists Amy VanderWoude, MD, and Stephanie Williams, MD.

Registration is free and open to the public at www.spectrumhealth.org/doctordialogue

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