New Heart Disease Program for Women in Harrisonburg

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- With heart disease being the number one killer of women in this country, a new program in Harrisonburg is aiming to fight that.

A new heart disease program for women kicked off this week at RMH Funkhouser Women's Center.

Doctor Brad Rash, who is the cardiologist heading up the effort, has specialized training with women's heart disease.

Dr. Rash said the program focuses on prevention and more holistic approaches.

They do get referrals from other doctors, however you can self refer as well.

Dr. Rash said women still lag behind compared to men on heart disease treatment.

Dr. Rash wants to help women who have risk factors that aren't traditional, such as rheumatoid arthritis r a family history.

"Part of how we're approaching prevention here is really an attempt to try to change the way that we treat heart disease in that we really want to focus on not just the evidence based medical therapy, but also on the evidence based life style interventions," said Dr. Rash.

As far as appointments go, as they continue to grow, Dr. Rash said they could have appointments as often as once a week.

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