Heart Health FAQs with WomenHeart

Our team at Silpada HQ, Silpada representatives, hostesses and our fabulous customers all have big hearts – we’re on a mission to make women’s lives better every day. We’ve found a way to make an even bigger impact on women’s lives through our From the Heart campaign.

We are so fortunate to join the fight against heart disease in women through benefitting WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Our recent chat with WomenHeart CEO, Lisa M. Tate, reveals what all women should know about heart health; check out our conversation below!

Silpada Designs:
Why is it important for women to pay attention to their heart health?

Lisa Tate:
More than 400,000 women die from heart disease in the U.S. each year—four times more than the number of deaths from breast cancer, and more than all cancers combined.¹ Far too often, women fighting heart disease are either inaccurately diagnosed, or do not receive the care they need.²³ At WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease we help all women understand their risk factors for heart disease, how they can prevent it, and what they should do if they think they might be having a heart attack. Such knowledge can, literally, save your life.

SD:
How can women take charge of their heart health?

LT:
There is some good news about heart disease. It is preventable. Women should keep in mind the “ABCs” of prevention every day: Aspirin therapy for women who are at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and smoking cessation. In addition, all women should exercise 30 minutes a day, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid foods that are high in sodium, saturated fat and trans-fat, and maintain a healthy body weight. These lifestyle and dietary habits have an important role in staying heart healthy.

SD:
How do I support a friend who has heart disease?

LT:
Friends and family play an essential role in the recovery and well-being of a heart disease patient. A heart disease diagnosis can leave a woman feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious; depression is twice as common in women as in men.⁴ You can support a friend who has heart disease by being an active listener and by encouraging her to connect with other women heart disease survivors with whom she can share her experience, and see that many women thrive, despite their diagnosis.

WomenHeart has 136 local Support Networks for women with heart disease in 39 states and in Canada. They are led by WomenHeart Champions – women heart disease survivors trained by WomenHeart as Support Network Coordinators. WomenHeart Support Networks are community-based patient support groups that meet monthly. WomenHeart Support Networks provide education on heart disease and information on how you can live well with heart disease, and, most importantly, they connect you with other women who “have been there.” We also have an online patient support community and provide support via our Sister Match program.

  • Access our list of Support Networks nationwide.
  • Sign up for our online patient support community.
  • Read more about our Sister Match patient support program.

SD:
How do you envision From the Heart with Silpada impacting WomenHeart?

LT:
The From the Heart campaign with Silpada Designs presents WomenHeart with a unique opportunity to reach women with education about cardiovascular disease including prevention, understanding risk factors, and learning to recognize symptoms. It will enable WomenHeart to empower women to take charge of their heart health in their own home and their circle of friends.

Thanks to this new program, WomenHeart will also be able to reach more women with heart disease. Together, Silpada Designs, you, and WomenHeart can make a real difference in the fight against heart disease in women.

Would you like to join us in the fight against heart disease? Shop our garnet and ruby birthstone rings: $5 from each purchase will benefit WomenHeart and promote healthy hearts for women everywhere.

“Silpada’s mission is to help women create the lives of their dreams. Part of that goal means making sure all women are taking care of themselves and are educated about heart health,” said Kelsey Perry, Co-President of Silpada Designs.

Silpada Co-President Ryane Delka adds, “WomenHeart shares our mission and passion for enriching women’s lives. We are thrilled to partner with them for our ‘From the Heart’ campaign, and hope the rings serve as a beautiful reminder to each woman to take charge of her heart health.”

WomenHeart

WomenHeart CEO, Lisa Tate, with Million Hearts Campaign Director Janet Wright, MD.

¹ Go A S, Mozaffarian, D, Roger, V L, Benjamin E J, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2014 Update: A Report from the American Heart Association Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Circulation. 2014.

² Dey S, Flather, MD, Breiger D, et al. Sex-related differences in the presentation, treatment and outcomes among patients with acute coronary syndromes: the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events. Heart. 2009; 95(1):20-6.

³ Curtis LH, Al-Khatib SM, Shea AM, et al. Sex Differences in the Use of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death. JAMA. 2007; 298(13):1517-1524.

⁴Mayo Clinic staff, et al. Heart disease in women: Understand symptoms and risk factors. 2009. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). Rochester, MN; 1998-2009. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167.

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