Heart disease support for women

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 

HEART and circulatory disease is claiming the lives of 230 women a year on the Isle of Wight, the British Heart Foundation has said.

With nearly half a million women suffering across the south east, the BHF has set up a virtual Women's Room to act as an online hub, providing help 24 hours a day.

The charity wants to dispel the myth that the disease only affects men.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, said: "Everything from TV adverts to soap plot lines show men with heart conditions. But it’s incredibly rare to hear about a woman with heart disease.

"As a result, women often feel very isolated when they’re diagnosed with a heart condition. We want to shout from the rooftops that if you’re a woman living with heart disease, you are not alone."

The Women's Room was a result of feedback from a number of women affected by the disease.

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