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CAMC is proud to work with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in the National Hospital Alliance to provide information, education and patient support services to women with heart disease.

WomenHeart is a patient-centered organization dedicated to providing peer-to-peer support and community education for women living with or at-risk for heart disease. Through the program, women can learn more about their diagnosis, risk factors and effective treatment by connecting with other women who have gone through the same experiences.

WomenHeart Champions:

WomenHeart Champions are women living with heart disease who have been trained as educators and advocates to provide patient support services and community education to the community. They are trained to:

  • Support you as you learn about your condition
  • Help you discover new strengths
  • Connect you with women who understand and have lived through your struggles
  • Share health information
  • Connect you with community resources

We invite you to join our monthly meetings for education, peer-to-peer patient support and access to local resources. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) from 6 - 7 p.m. in the large conference room of the CAMC Heart and Vascular Center in Kanawha City.

2020 Schedule:

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 22

For more information or to register, call the Volunteer Service Office at (304) 388-7426 or email our WomenHeart Champions:

Kim Kill, WomenHeart Champion - Support Network Coordinator At the end of May 2017, Kim went in to a Cardiologist for a baseline stress test because of family history. Kim failed the test within five minutes. After a heart catheterization with stents and a couple of angioplasties, she followed with cardiac rehabilitation and joined the WomenHeart group. Kim says she has learned so much from the group and wants to share with and support other women living with heart disease.

Jodi Bradley, WomenHeart Champion - Support Network Coordinator In March 2015, Jodi’s mother, Carol received a quadruple bypass, and then just 8 months later, at the age of 41, Jodi had a heart attack. She received a stent to address the 100% blockage that was discovered during her surgery. Following her heart attack, Jodi learned how to transition her old habits into new ones that supported a healthier lifestyle. Now, she plans to teach others the importance of making healthy choices, even when in challenging circumstances.

Alice Vande Linde, WomenHeart Champion - Support Network Coordinator Alice was diagnosed with Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome in the early 1970s. Since her diagnosis, Alice has worked hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Alice exercises regularly and follows up with her doctor every year to check her heart health. As a heart disease survivor, Alice recognizes the importance of heart health and is eager to provide emotional support to women living with heart disease.

  • Carol Bradley, WomenHeart Champion - Support Network Coordinator Carol received a quadruple bypass in March of 2015. She has been a part of the Charleston community for over 30 years. She works as a Support Network Coordinator, which allows her to provide support to others dealing with heart disease. Carol wanted to work in this position because she felt there was no other support, other than medical personnel, available during her cardiac treatments and procedures.
  • Interested in becoming a WomenHeart Champion?
    Every year, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, selects up to two women heart disease survivors from CAMC to attend the Science & Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. This prestigious four day training conference brings together dedicated women heart disease survivors to train them to be WomenHeart Champions: volunteer community educators, national spokespersons and advocates for women living with heart disease. They are available to speak to various audiences about the prevalence of heart disease in women and how it is so often underdiagnosed and mistreated. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to become a WomenHeart Champion, contact the Volunteer Service Office at (304) 388-7426. 

    HeartScarves:

    The HeartScarves program is sponsored by the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. The program involves collecting donations of handmade red scarves that are then hand-delivered to female heart disease survivors recovering from cardiac procedures. Since it was founded in 2005, thousands of scarves have been donated and given to thousands of women cardiac patients as symbols of comfort, support and encouragement.

    If you’re interested in participating in the HeartScarves program, here’s how you do it:

    • Knit, crochet or weave a red scarf. We suggest a size of about 3-4 inches wide and 50-60 inches long. No loop or infinity scarves.
    • Visit womenheart.org/heartscarves to download a customizable note. You may request that your scarf be returned to CAMC once it’s been properly sanitized by attaching this note to your scarf.
    • Package your scarf and note in a waterproof/protective mailing envelope. You can mail the package directly to HeartScarves using this shipping label or you can send the package to CAMC Cardiac Rehabilitation and we can mail it for you:
      CAMC Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services
      3200 MacCorkle Ave. SE
      Charleston, WV 25304

    For more information, please visit the HeartScarves website.