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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
For more information, please visit the HeartScarves website.