Smyrna High School graduate to discuss heart disease in women at Sept. 20 luncheon and fashion show in Long Neck, sponsored by Beebe Healthcare for the American Heart Association of Southern Delaware.

Beebe Healthcare will sponsor the 11th annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show to benefit the American Heart Association of Southern Delaware Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Clubhouse at Baywood Greens in Long Neck.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Cowan, DO, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beebe Healthcare.

Dr. Cowan will discuss heart disease and how it often presents differently for women. In many cases, women do not experience pain at all. In some cases, they only experience shortness of breath.

A 1985 graduate of Smyrna High School, Dr. Cowan received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 18 years. He is well known and respected in coastal Delaware for his work with the University of Delaware, researching surf injuries along the Delaware beaches.

In the emergency room, Dr. Cowan sees patients who run the gamut of injuries and illnesses. When a patient comes in with symptoms of a heart attack, the Emergency Department Heart Code team swings into action.

“Our team works really well together – and quickly,” Dr. Cowan said. “It is essential for a specific process to be followed to insure the best outcomes for cardiac patients.”

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, where cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause one in three women’s deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call – for women, by women – to take charge of their health and live stronger, healthier lives.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. This year’s luncheon will raise funds for the American Heart Association of Southern Delaware.

As an addition to the luncheon event, community health nurses from the Beebe’s Population Health Department will be providing free blood pressure screenings from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. for those attending the luncheon.

Co-Chairs of the event are Pat Sandy of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary and Lynn Toth, RN, MSN, NP-C, a cardiovascular medical specialist and Chairwoman of the Stroke Program at Beebe Healthcare.

For ticket information, call Pat Sandy at (302) 236-1537 or email moviestoo@aol.com. Tickets, $30 per person, may be purchased by check to the American Heart Association/So DE and sent to Muriel Pfeiffer, 13 Apache Ave., Millsboro, DE 19966.