Online service to help women suffering from heart disease

Dorset Echo: Online service to help women suffering from heart disease Online service to help women suffering from heart disease

AN ONLINE service has been launched to help Dorset women who are living with heart disease.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has opened its first ever virtual women’s room to create a supportive space for women living with the condition.

Despite often being stereotyped as a ‘man’s disease’, the heart disease kills 180 women every year in West Dorset and 100 in Weymouth and Portland, figures reveal.

Another 310,000 women across the South West region are living with a heart or circulatory condition.

Senior cardiac nurse at the charity Maureen Talbot said: “Coronary heart disease kills nearly three times as many women as breast cancer. Yet as a society we continue to prop up the myth that heart problems are just for men.

“Everything from TV adverts to soap plotlines show men with heart conditions. But it’s incredibly rare to hear about a woman with heart disease.”

She added: “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.

“Our women’s room can give you the ‘informational hug’ you need and introduce you to other women, just like you.”

The BHF created the online hub in response to feedback from women heart patients and wider research with more than 600 women across the UK.

The website features stories of women living with the disease and offers practical information to help women adjust to life with a heart condition, such as how to tell colleagues, family and friends, how to deal with work issues, what to do if they are worried about their finances and how to cope if they feel upset or stressed.

The online hub is available 24 hours a day and allows women with heart conditions to share their experiences and find support from other women who know what they are going through.

It also includes information and advice on heart health for all women.

For details, visit bhf.org.uk/women

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10:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

David_divenghy2 says...

Yet another misleading article showing further the attitudes in health matters against men.

1.4 million men compared to 900,000 women have CHD. So men are 35% higher. 50,000 men compared to 32,000 women have heart attacks, so again, far higher in men. So why do women get their own special service like this, but not men? (Source: CHD)

Men pay 78% of all income tax and N.I yet a much larger amount is spent on women in health, even in areas where men are far higher in need, why? (J4MB http://j4mb.wordpres
s.com/)

As many men have Prostate cancer as women have breast cancer, in fact a man dies from prostate cancer every hour in the UK. Yet breast cancer gets nearly 100% more resources and funding. So bad is this man hate that the government deny the regular screening of prostate cancer for men.
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Why is Breast Cancer perpetuated as a women only cancer "Myth" as they accuse of Heart disease in this article? Men also die from it yet are banned from running in main events at fundraisers?
http://therightsofma
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Yet another misleading article showing further the attitudes in health matters against men. 1.4 million men compared to 900,000 women have CHD. So men are 35% higher. 50,000 men compared to 32,000 women have heart attacks, so again, far higher in men. So why do women get their own special service like this, but not men? (Source: CHD) Men pay 78% of all income tax and N.I yet a much larger amount is spent on women in health, even in areas where men are far higher in need, why? (J4MB http://j4mb.wordpres s.com/) As many men have Prostate cancer as women have breast cancer, in fact a man dies from prostate cancer every hour in the UK. Yet breast cancer gets nearly 100% more resources and funding. So bad is this man hate that the government deny the regular screening of prostate cancer for men. http://therightsofma n.typepad.co.uk/.ser vices/blog/6a00d8341 d03e253ef00d834530fe d69e2/search?filter. q=prostate+cancer Why is Breast Cancer perpetuated as a women only cancer "Myth" as they accuse of Heart disease in this article? Men also die from it yet are banned from running in main events at fundraisers? http://therightsofma n.typepad.co.uk/the_ rights_of_man/2011/1 0/male-breast-cancer -campaign.html David_divenghy2

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