Celebrating Heart Health Champions for International Women’s Day

Since the early 1900’s we have been recognizing International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. We’re adding achievements in heart health to that list. As WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we are still fighting for proper diagnosis and access to care for women heart patients. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and sadly, only about half of all women are aware of their greatest health risk. Knowing the facts about heart disease is key.

Earlier this year we highlighted some exceptional women heart and stroke patients who are thriving with heart disease. We thought this would be a good time to share these powerful stories again as we recognize IWD and women who are making a difference in all aspects of life. These women are everyday heroes who are staying #HeartStrong by sharing their scars and inspiring others to join the fight against heart disease.

WomenHeart Champion Yesenia Araujo survived 3 heart attacks in one day, and she lives to encourage others to advocate for their health and listen to their bodies.

WomenHeart Champion Jill McComsey had two young children and was training for a triathlon when she had a heart attack. “Facing the fear of death actually made me stronger on the other side. My world was shaken, and I’m better for it.”

At 33 weeks pregnant, WomenHeart Champion Pam Coleman faced heart failure and an emergency C-section. Watch her story of a mother’s unwavering love.

WomenHeart Champion Robin Olson had her heart attack symptoms for three days. Her advice? “I want every woman to get to know the symptoms – don’t go through what I did.”

It’s also a good time for us to remind you about our upcoming 2019 Wenger Awards, named after Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D., a pioneer in women’s cardiology. It is the only annual event in Washington, D.C. that recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to women’s heart health.

Help us to continue to provide support, education, and advocacy resources to the 48 million women living with or at risk of heart disease. Make a donation today.

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