Women Talk With Other Women About Heart Disease
Their own experiences lead three women to talk with others about heart disease.
The heart attack was bad enough for Janet Bliden. But she was surprised by the worry and stress that clouded her life afterward. Tammy Hardin knew she had to do something as well after three blocked arteries and open-heart
surgery. A self-described “walking time bomb,” Martha Jumpiere realized she wanted to help other women avoid the heart failure and pacemaker that she had. Their paths led them to Heart Sisters – WomenHeart of Cone Health, where they have joined as WomenHeart Champions – leaders of the support group.
“We are thrilled Janet, Tammy and Martha have committed to being WomenHeart Champions. These amazing women are critical ‘boots on the ground’ in our community, helping to educate women on heart health and providing an emotional lifeline,” says Cone Health Vice President, Heart and Vascular
Services, Imaging Services, Rich Lundy.
Heart Sisters – WomenHeart of Cone Health is an affiliate of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. “Research finds women are less likely than men to participate in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack, so having a WomenHeart affiliate in our community is especially important,” comments Lundy. Women, who are diagnosed with heart disease, may experience a range of emotions, including feelings of isolation and depression. Talking one-on-one with someone who has a shared experience
often improves emotional recovery.
There are 8 million women with heart disease in the United States, and an overwhelming 43 million women are at risk. Heart Sisters – WomenHeart of Cone Health provides peer-to-peer support and vital heart health information to women living with and at risk for heart disease. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in the Heart and Vascular Center conference room. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.