So sorry we had to cancel our meeting for February, heart health month and miss our speaker’s presentation. Below is some information about a club here in TV that may be of interest to you.
With many of us getting our Covid vaccinations done, it is my plan that there will be a March 9 meeting. Dr Norton is preparing for our meeting a fascinating subject matter - Alzheimer’s and the local clinical trials. Hope to see you there!
Diane Jiles, RN-CRNI, VA-BC
President The Villages Nurses Club............................
WomenHeart Support Group of The Villages
WomenHeart.org is the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. We have a support group in The Villages that addresses the support needs of women with heart disease as well as providing education.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Very little was studied or understood about heart disease in women until quite recently, thus the vital need for our group to provide awareness to The Villages about symptoms, treatments and the different types of heart disease.
The most important need right now is lending support to these women who are scared, unsure and feel they have no where to turn to. It’s a very lonely feeling to realize that this is your life from now on. It’s hard for doctors to relate to these women who had no idea what heart disease even was or that they had a chance of developing it.
That’s where education comes in. The more people I can reach about the seriousness of the disease and the important signs and symptoms, then the more people we can help. Women need to be their own health advocates when it comes to their body and they have to challenge misdiagnosis’s and treatment if they are going to get a grip of their health.
WomenHeart Support Group of The Villages meets once a month on the third Wednesday at 3:30pm – 4:30pm. We are currently meeting virtually. We try to have guest speakers on to educate ladies about issues that relate to heart health. We have had speakers for meditation, exercise, diet, nutrition, AFIB, Cardiologists, dental health and much more.
I am always looking for speakers so if any of your members could help us by describing what their role was in our treatment and recovery say in the OR, Cath lab, or on the ward, it would really help. Explain what certain tests are for and how the procedures are done or what diagnosis’s mean or how to cope with a diagnosis. All of these are questions we have and we are hungry for knowledge and information.
Thank you very much for considering me for a speaker and if/when the pandemic ever slows down, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with your group.