As the daughter of a heart disease survivor, I am committed to providing education on women's heart health through this website.
Consider these facts:
• Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in American women.
• It is estimated that almost 1 in 2 women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke.
• In a recent poll of 1,000 women, only 8% considered heart disease their greatest health risk.
• After age 50, women begin to develop and die of heart disease at a rate equal to that of men.
• 38% of women who have heart attacks die within a year, compared to 25% of men.
• 63% of women who die from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
• Some diagnostic tests and procedures, including the exercise stress test, or stress ECG, might be less accurate in women.
Women's Heart Health
Heart Disease is the Leading Killer of American Women, killing over 500,000 women annually.
In this site you will find the following:
Women having a heart attack can experience different symptoms than those typically experienced by men.
Some risk factors are inherited like your family's history of heart disease. Others can be modified or controlled.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Nothing replaces a discussion with your doctor or healthcare provider. Use this section to prepare for that discussion.
What We're Doing With Your Donations
Here you'll find the latest updates on both the latest contribution TWTH is making in the community and the progress of TWTH as a nonprofit.
This link will allow you to immediately make a donation using your credit card or give you contact information to send a check.
Why I Fight.
In 2000, I nearly lost my greatest girlfriend, closest confidant and lifelong mentor to heart disease. My beautiful mother, Cheryl Hatfield, had suffered from strange symptoms which included sleeplessness, migraine headaches, and general malaise for several months.
Doctors had considered several possibilities for these symptoms, but no physician ever considered the culprit might be coronary artery disease. We finally convinced our family practitioner to order an arteriogram, and our suspicions were confirmed. It was discovered that my mother had blockages of more than 90% in three main arteries.
That same year I was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome complicated by Arrythmia. I had been suffereing from both conditions since childhood, but had not been able to gain an accurate diagnosis for nearly 25 years.
After my mother's successful triple bypass surgery, and my own diagnosis, it became my goal to learn as much about heart disease in women as possible. What I learned both terrified and inspired me. I founded Taking Wellness to Heart in 2000, to raise money for educational programs for women of all ages on the dangers of heart disease and its prevention.
In addition, we raise funds to conduct life saving research in women's cardiovascular health, and work on a community level to supply technology and training. Won't you help me in my fight?