Houston now has a support group for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, has announced the formation of a Houston chapter. Meetings are open to all women living with heart disease, and are held the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6-8 p.m. at Texas Heart Institute’s Life Science Plaza, 2130 Holcombe, suite 920. The next meeting is Feb. 26.
Meetings are led by Rebecca Trahan and Lisa Hulick, who became WomenHeart support network coordinators after attending the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, where each year since 2002, nearly 40 female heart-disease survivors are trained to become volunteer community educators and support network coordinators.
A recent survey of patients who participate in WomenHeart support network meetings revealed that:
• 93 percent felt their quality of life has been enhanced.
• 85.3 percent have improved their ability to communicate with their health care provider.
• 93 percent have increased their understanding of heart disease.
• 85.6 percent believe that attending meetings has helped them deal with challenges in maintaining their treatment and medication regimen.
• 86.2 percent say attending meetings has helped them better communicate about their disease with family members, friends and co-workers.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and more women than men have died from heart disease every year since 1984.