SAVANNAH, GA (WSAV) – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the Unites States. It has killed more women than men every year since 1984. For years, Lizann Roberts has been a health advocate for Savannah and now she will lead the efforts to support and teach women fighting heart disease in our community.
WomenHeart is the area’s first support network for women living with heart disease – the leading cause of death in women. Roberts was one of 39 heart disease survivors who recently graduated from the 15th Annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Using personal knowledge of living with heart disease, Roberts pairs that with skills learned at the symposium to reach out to the community and head monthly support groups, according to a release from St. Joseph’s/Candlers PR and Digital Manager.
There are 4.7 million American women currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease.
The Heart Hospital at St. Joseph’s/Candler is a member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, a partnership comprised of hospitals committed to advancing women’s heart health. NHA seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services.
For more information on the WomenHeart Support Network of Savannah click here.
About WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death for women. WomenHeart is solely devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, healthcare professionals, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To join or donate, visit www.womenheart.org.