'Online room' for heart condition sufferers

THE British Heart Foundation has opened its first online Women's Room for people suffering from heart problems.

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Each year, around 1000 women in Glasgow die from heart and circulatory issues.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the BHF, 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 is incredibly rare to hear about a women with heart disease.

"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."

The online hub features stories of real women living with heart disease and offers practical information to help adjust to life with a heart condition.

The site also provides advice on how to tell colleagues, family and friends, how to deal with work issues, what to do if women are worried about their finances and how to cope if they feel upset or stressed. The website also includes information for all women who want to keep their hearts healthy. To visit the online hub go to www.bhf.org.uk/women

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