Champion Spotlight: Empowering Women
While the heart disease facts and statistics are essential to Heart Month, there is, perhaps, nothing more powerful than the personal stories of women who have lived with—and conquered—heart disease, and the roles these women play in spreading heart health awareness.
Illinois native Marie Warshauer knows the role she plays is significant. Back in 2002, as a member of the inaugural class of WomenHeart Champions, she made it her mission to help other women know the signs and symptoms of heart disease.
“It’s important to know your family history—both my father and grandfather had heart disease,” says Marie. “Women have to listen to themselves, take care of themselves.” That’s something Marie has learned to do after being diagnosed with coronary artery disease in 2002. “I began experiencing the symptoms in 2001, but didn’t know it. My energy was low and I started having radiating numbness in my arms.” Read more of Marie’s story and her unique connection to WomenHeart.