Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center Launches Support Network for Women with Heart Disease

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Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center has opened a support group exclusively for women with heart disease. The group is called Heart Sisters and is part of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. The first meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center conference room. Women wanting more information should email

Heart Sisters will be led by Tonya Moore and Kristie Yoder—both of whom have heart disease. “As a woman living with the chronic and life-threatening condition, I know the importance of being able to talk with other women who are having the same experiences and who deal with the same issues,” says Moore. “It’s empowering.”

Moore and Yoder recently underwent training to lead Heart Sisters through the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic. WomenHeart finds that of the women who are in its support groups:

  • 93 percent say that their quality of life has been improved.
  • 85 percent can better communicate with their healthcare provider.
  • 93 percent have increased their understanding of their heart disease.
  • 86 percent can more easily talk about their heart disease with family, friends and co-workers.

Heart Sisters meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heart and Vascular Center conference room. Lunch will be provided. Heart Sisters will offer women with heart disease support, education and advocacy. Heart Sisters will also feature speakers from Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center as well as host group activities.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, and it can be emotionally and physically isolating,” says Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services, Vice President Rich Lundy. “It is important for women to have this support group to regain that sense of control over their lives.”

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