Dr. Juliette Segree
February 5, 2018
Last week marked National Wear Red Day, a day designated to raising awareness for women's heart health. But did you know that the entire month of February is National Heart Month? In a month typically known for Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day and Leap Year, Dr. Juliette Segree, an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University, hopes to spread awareness around matters of the heart. Segree is a family nurse practitioner at Tampa (Fla.) Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and the American Heart Association (AHA) notes that cardiovascular disease kills "one woman every 80 seconds." But as much as 80 percent of these deaths are preventable through education and lifestyle changes, according to AHA. During National Health Month each February the American Heart Foundation encourages everyone to spread the word "about strategies for preventing heart disease."
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Heart disease has many contributing factors, some that are hereditary, and others that may be modified:
Dr. Juliette Segree has been a registered nurse for 30 years and is a family nurse practitioner at Tampa (Fla.) Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been an adjunct instructor since 2015 and previously served as the Polk County coordinator for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing. She earned her ASN from Pensacola Junior College in 1988, a BSN/MSN, FNP for the University of South Florida in 2002 and her DNP from Walden University in 2017.
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