July 26, 2017

Kingwood, TX, July 26, 2017 — Kingwood Medical Center hosted Ladies’ Night Out - Love Your Heart, during National Heart Month.

Kingwood Medical Center’s CEO, Melinda Stephenson, welcomed the overflow crowd as she spoke about Kingwood Medical Center’s commitment to health education. “Ladies’ Night Out was started several years ago in response to the community’s interest in health related topics. Hosting these events is one of many ways Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of various health concerns in our community.”

Khaled Khalaf, M.D., board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology educated and entertained the group on all matters of the heart – in particular, women’s heart issues. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over age 25 in the United States. Approximately one in three women will die of a cardiovascular event. Thirty-eight percent of women will die within one year of having a myocardial infarction, and 64 percent of women who die suddenly of a heart attack never had symptoms. Some of the warning signs include shortness of breath, back and/or jaw pain, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, palpitations and the sense of not feeling right.  If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Dr. Khalaf discussed the need for a healthy lifestyle, and controlling risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and smoking. Heart disease can be prevented though lifestyle changes, medication and early detection. He highly recommended that all women over the age of 50 get checked out and have a cardiologist.

Kingwood Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center, offering an unparalleled cardiovascular team, innovative technologies and specialized programs aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from heart and vascular diseases. In addition, Kingwood Medical Center hosts community events, including Mended Hearts, a unique support group for heart patients, their families and caregivers. There is no fee to attend. For more information on Mended Hearts or the Cardiac Programs, call 281.348.8175 or visit If you would like to be included in future events, please email


About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX  77339
Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The Wound Care Center and The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home.

Kingwood Medical Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, payment source or ability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 14 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 7 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at