WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and the SSM Heart Institute at St. Clare Health Center are teaming up for a community support network for women living with heart disease. The group will be hosted by WomenHeart Champion Donna Ringwald at SSM St. Clare Health Center. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Cardiac Rehab Department, located on the Garden Level of the St. Francis Building at St. Clare Health Center, and is open to all women living with heart disease. The support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. As a woman living with this chronic and life-threatening condition, I know firsthand the importance of support system to help live a healthier lifestyle,” said Ringwald. “Through our partnership with the SSM Heart Institute at St. Clare Health Center we look forward to offering this monthly program and to improving the lives of women living with heart disease in our community.”
Ringwald became a WomenHeart Support Network Coordinator after attending the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in October 2010. There, since 2002, nearly 60 women heart disease survivors gather to be trained to become volunteer community educators and support network coordinators in an effort to help women live heart-healthier lives and receive the support they need.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and more women than men have died from heart disease every year since 1984. WomenHeart advocates for prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of heart disease, and WomenHeart Champions lead the only national community-based, patient-led network of support groups for women living with heart disease.