Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-27 09:41:17 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — In Owsley County, life is moving at the right pace for Cale Turner.
“We have good people,” he described his longtime home. “It’s friendly.”
It has the charm of the small town of Booneville on the backstreets of eastern Kentucky.
“For me, it’s a good place to live,” Turner said. County Judge-Executive.. “But we have a big problem.”
Living in the mountains can mean sacrifice. This is evident by revealing new data on the heart health of Kentucky citizens.
Eighteen federal counties are ranked among the worst in the country when it comes to cardiovascular health. Rural counties account for half of all counties most hit by heart disease. New research from US News & World Report.. In Owsley County, heart disease affects more than 10 percent of the 4,000 people who live there.
Dr. Vincent Sorrel Lexington’s UK Health Care cardiologist. He says his experience treating patients from across Kentucky helped shed light on the deterioration of federal heart health.
“I’ve been here for about 10 years, so I had the opportunity to see the data and meet the patient,” he told LEX18. “I think there are many reasons. We know that the gap in health care and the gap in access to health care is the cause of heart disease.”
Dr. Sorell says the lack of information plays a role as well as the isolation that comes from transportation and rural life.
Turner knows this directly.
“I know people who have been injured by a stroke, where it took a very long time to take them to a small hospital,” he said. “Then they take you to other hospitals in the UK and Lexington, and you have lost valuable time.”
In fact, there are no hospitals in Owsley County. The closest option is in Breathitt County, more than 30 minutes away. Turner says that in the case of emergency medical care, you may be willing to take the risk and drive yourself to Lexington instead of waiting for an ambulance.
“Especially if someone has a stroke or heart attack, a lot of important time is lost to get people to a place where they can get proper treatment,” he said.
Turner says that illnesses like cancer are of concern to him as well. He is also concerned about the health effects of substance use among residents of Owsley County. But he hopes that a new focus on education will help people lead healthier lives and reduce their risk of heart attack.
Dr. Sorrel agrees.He explained the benefits of Gill Heart & Vascular Institute Affiliate Network, UK HealthCare and partnership with regional hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia. The goal is to provide quality care where people live, from doctors they know and trust.
“Education is the biggest driver of change,” said Dr. Sorrel.
Turner is also looking forward to completion New highway 30.. When that happens, Owsley County will hit London and, most importantly, save people valuable time, he says. “I think our small community is underway,” he said.
According to Dr. Sorrel, there are steps people should take to improve their heart health. Above all, he advises people to quit smoking. He says people also need to be aware of the major health risks associated with sleep apnea. Coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and arrhythmias. In addition, Dr. Sorrel says the pandemic has hit heart health across the country.He advises people to seek emergency medical care immediately if they are experiencing something Symptomatology of heart attack..