Webinars on Topics Related to Heart Disease and Women

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The Importance of Sleep with Heart Health
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

In this webinar, Dr. Christopher Allen, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, discussed sleep disorders and their relationship to heart health. Sleep expert Dr. Christopher Allen helped us understand these conditions, how people are commonly diagnosed, and how you can manage your sleep while safeguarding your heart health. Whether you’re curious about the impact of sleep disorders or seeking practical tips for better sleep hygiene, Dr. Allen provides valuable expertise.

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Heart Disease and Birth Control: What You Need to Know
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

In this discussion, cardiologist Dr. Natalie Bello, OB/GYN Dr. Kecia Gaither, and WomenHeart Champion Kimberly Connell share what women with heart disease need to know when it comes to choosing birth control. Deciding the type of birth control to use involves careful consideration of a variety of factors, including the contraceptive’s safety, effectiveness, and, importantly, your preference. In some cases, women with heart disease or associated risk factors are advised against certain types of birth control, such as those containing estrogen. Others may be advised against becoming pregnant because the health risks are too high. This webinar breaks it all down for you.

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Common Sleep Disorders & Your Heart: Understanding the Link
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

This webinar will engage sleep expert Dr. Anne Marie Morse, cardiac nurse practitioner Dr. Lisa Maher and WomenHeart Champion Madalyn Adams in a conversation about common sleep disorders – like sleep apnea and insomnia – and how they relate to heart health. We know that sleep is a critical component of heart health. This discussion will address questions like – does having a sleep disorder put you at risk for heart disease? If you have heart disease, how do you know if you also have a sleep disorder? And what steps should you take to manage poor sleep as part of your journey to health and wellness?

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Overlooked and Undertreated: Non-Obstructive Heart Disease in Women
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

This webinar was hosted in partnership with the International Heart Spasms Alliance. Cardiologists Dr. Roxana Mehran and Dr. Birgit Vogel dove deep into why women are so often misdiagnosed or overlooked when they have a heart condition that doesn’t show coronary blockage, such as coronary vasospasm or microvascular dysfunction/ angina. They described how these conditions are diagnosed and they they are not rare. Patient advocate Annette Pompa and WomenHeart Champion Sheryl Zaworski shared their personal heart journeys.

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The Importance of Sleep: Why It Matters for Your Heart
Date: Monday, October 17, 2022

This webinar will help you understand how sleep is linked to heart health. Sleep expert Dr. Michael Grandner explained how sleep helps control your blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and more; all of which impacts your heart health. Cardiologist Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler spoke about what it means to get the right quantity and quality of sleep, particularly for women living with heart disease, and how sleep disorders can impact your heart health. WomenHeart Champion Lori Wood shared her experience managing sleep while living with heart failure.

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Preventing Illness: Understanding and Accessing Vaccines for Women with Heart Disease
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

This webinar highlighted why women with heart disease are at higher risk for certain diseases and what vaccines they should be taking to stay healthy – beyond the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. Cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati and Abby Bownas, Co-Manager of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, discussed the importance of equity and ensuring immunizations reach all communities, as well as the role of policy in ensuring vaccines are accessible and affordable. WomenHeart Champion Bev Thompson spoke about her efforts to ensure all women in her community are protected from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

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Cardiac Yoga
Date: Every Wednesday from February 23, 2022-March 30, 2022

The yoga therapist team that delivered these classes are all studying or are on faculty at the NYC- based Prema Yoga Institute. This yoga cardiac program was developed with cardiologists from the Northwell Health Network and is practiced primarily in a chair; no previous yoga experience is needed. Learn more about the sessions and instructors.

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Learning to Thrive with Heart Disease: Stories of Resilience
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
This webinar featured women with heart disease who are thriving in many aspects of their lives. WomenHeart Champions Gwen Mayes  and Janet Dennis shared tips for positive thinking and what it’s been like to thrive physically, going so far as to become a competitive athlete after a heart transplant. Dr. Christine Crawford, Associate Medical Director at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) discussed how it’s common for heart disease patients to experience depression and anxiety and how to address those.

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Time For Heart Care, But How Do I Access Health Care?
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
This webinar shared different ways to access heart care – whether it’s through telemedicine, a local health clinic, a pharmacy, or more. We’re often told to “know our numbers,” to learn our family health history, and to talk to our doctor about symptoms. But what if you don’t have a cardiologist or are nervous about returning to in-person care? Renowned cardiologist Dr. Nanette Wenger, Nicole Braccio from the National Patient Advocate Foundation, and WomenHeart Champions Maggie Teliska and Madalyn Adams discussed how to be proactive in accessing care for your heart health.

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Heart Disease and Diabetes: Understanding Disparities, Managing Risk and Learning to Thrive
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

This webinar highlighted the link between heart disease and diabetes and how that impacts women. Dr. Sonia Henry shared statistics about the prevalence of diabetes and heart disease, described disparities among different groups of women, and shared what women can do to manage the conditions and learn to thrive. She was joined by  WomenHeart Champion Melissa Castro who talked about managing the mental and emotional challenges that come with living with diabetes and heart disease, described what the prevalence of the conditions means for their communities, and shared advice on how to live a full, healthy life.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine: What Women with Heart Disease Need to Know
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Cardiologist Dr. Karol Watson spoke about what women with heart disease need to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. She addressed key concerns and answered audience questions. WomenHeart Champions Adrienne Coleman and Maggie Teliska shared their experiences getting vaccinated.
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Cardiac Yoga
Date: Every Wednesday for Six Weeks, August 12 – September 16, 2020
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This gentle yoga and meditation class with Sonja Rzepski promotes healthy hearts and teaches practical ways to reduce stress through yoga, breathing and meditation. This class was developed with cardiologists and is practiced primarily in a chair, no previous experience needed. This class will take place over Zoom; participants are free to join with your camera on or off.

Understanding Health Disparities in Heart Disease in these Unsettling Times
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This webinar featured Dr. Heather Johnson, a Preventive Cardiologist at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health of South Florida, discussing health disparities in heart disease and social determinants of health as a contributing factor to these disparities.

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Eating Well: Embracing a Heart Healthy Diet
Date: Monday, June 15, 2020

This webinar focused on embracing a heart healthy diet. SAC member Dr. Eileen Hsich, certified health coach Lindsey Robertson and WomenHeart Champion Lori Wood spoke about how to balance your diet and prepare healthy meals at home, especially during this time of trying to limit our trips to grocery stores and restaurants. 

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Let’s Get Physical: Staying Active and Healthy
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

This webinar focused on the importance of physical activity for women living with heart disease, whether in their home or safely outdoors. A yoga instructor who teaches cardiac patients provided a mini yoga and meditation session and WomenHeart Champion Judy Jones inspired participants with her heart story and commitment to staying active by running and walking at home.

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Your State is Opening Up: Charting a New Normal for Women Living with Heart Disease
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This webinar featured Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) member Dr. Annabelle Volgman and Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NAACHO). They shared the latest research on COVID-19 and heart disease, discussed what to expect as states start to re-open and addressed specific factors that women living with heart disease should consider as stay-at-home orders are lifted across the country.

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Mental Health and Wellness: Positive Psychology and Psychiatry in Uncertain Times
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This webinar featured cardiac psychiatrist and WomenHeart Champion Dr. Hisla Bates. She discussed navigating mental health challenges during the time of physical isolation, how to use positive psychology and psychiatry in your daily life, and provided coping techniques to manage stress.

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Facebook Live on Heart Failure and COVID-19 with the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) 
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Featuring Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) member Dr. Alanna Morris, WomenHeart Champion Glenda Sexauer and moderated by AAHFN’s Ashley Moore Gibbs, panelists answered questions about how to manage heart failure during this time of COVID-19.

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Resource: FAQs on Heart Failure and COVID-19

Town Hall with CEO Celina Gorre and Dr. Rachel Bond: COVID-19 and Heart Disease 
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Learn about how WomenHeart is responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and hear from cardiologist and National Hospital Alliance member, Dr. Rachel Bond of Dignity Health-East Valley, about what COVID-19 is and its impact on patients with heart disease.

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