A 31-year-old mother and wife happily plays with her child and plans the meal she will cook for dinner, not knowing there's a 95 percent blockage in her coronary artery. Is she able to survive?
The answer is YES!
More than eight million women in the U.S. currently live with heart disease and live productive lives. These women share their hopes, their fears and their battles as part of support groups exclusively for women. If you are a woman who lives with heart disease, the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center's Heart Sisters is one such support group.
Heart Sisters is led by Tonya Moore and Kristie Yoder, both currently living with heart disease. "It can be emotionally and physically isolating to live with a chronic and life-threatening condition," says Moore. "Therefore, it's important to be able to talk with other women who are dealing with the same issues. In the end, it's empowering."
The support group offers support, education, advocacy and a secure space for women to find comfort in knowing they are not alone.
Heart Sisters is part of WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. WomenHeart finds that 95 percent of women in an exclusive support group have an improved quality of life, 93 percent have an increased understanding of heart disease and 86 percent can easily talk about their disease with family, friends, and co-workers.
The support group is free and open to the public.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alamance Regional Medical Center offers a support group for women living with heart disease as well. Click here to learn more.