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300 Gloucestershire Women Die Every Year! January 12, 2014

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Online health hub launched as figures reveal 300 women in Gloucestershire die from heart disease every year
By The Citizen | Posted: December 26, 2013

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Around 130 women in Gloucester and 170 in Cheltenham die each year of heart disease it has been revealed.

As the first ever virtual Women’s Room is opened to raise awareness of heart disease in women, the British Heart Foundation is warning that the illness affects women as well as men,

Commonly stereotyped a ‘man’s disease’ more than 310,000 women in the South West of England live with a heart or circulatory condition.

In the South West of England, 7,240 women die each year from heart and circulatory diseases with 170 of those coming from Cheltenham and 130 from Gloucester.

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’s incredibly rare to hear about a woman 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. Our Women’s Room can give you the ‘informational hug’ you need and introduce you to other women, just like you.”

Even with supportive family and friends around them, women can feel lonely and afraid when they’re diagnosed with a heart condition.

The BHF’s Women’s Room – an online hub available 24 hours a day – allows women with heart conditions to share their experiences and find support from other women who know exactly what they’re going through in a women-only online forum.

The online hub features stories of real women living with heart disease. It offers practical information to help women adjust to life with a heart condition, such as how to tell colleagues, family and friends about a heart condition, how to deal with work issues, what to do if they’re worried about their finances and how to cope if they feel upset or stressed.

It also includes of information and advice for all women who want to keep their hearts healthy.

The BHF created the online hub in response to feedback from women heart patients and wider research with more than 600 women across the UK.

Women, who are worried or curious about their heart, can visit the BHF’s Women’s Room – an online hub full of practical information and a forum where they can talk to other women, just like them.



Will Project Get Women Into Cardiac Rehab? May 26, 2013

Nurse Sarah will target women in heart health project

6:00am Thursday 16th May 2013 in News

Some of you will know that I have been proud to be the Fitness Instructor for Take Heart Support Group in Gloucester for over 15 years. We have a very social group, with many reasons to come along – meeting friends, raffles, socials, and trips.
Our sessions run Mondays and fridays at Elmscroft Community Centre, chosen for its, free parking, level site, good kitchen and storage space. The lounge is essential as meeting and making friends is THE way to ensure regular attendance and thereby get the health benefits I work to promote.

I wish Nurse Sarah well, but wonder how social these planned sessions will be. the ladies in our groups, and there are many, are enthusiastic, form friendships that continue beyond our exercise sessions. We encourage partners and carers to join in too – so many couples get healthy and fit together.

Support from family is essential to regain confidence and feel able to attend exercise sessions and fully enjoy life after a cardiac event…….

News about nurse Sarah…..
A Bradford nurse is leading one of ten projects across the UK awarded money to improve patients’ lives, after research showed too few women were taking up fitness classes after heart problems.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been given £3,000 by The Queen’s Nursing Institute charity for a project led by St Luke’s Hospital nurse Sarah Weller. She hopes to encourage more women to attend exercise sessions after heart problems.

The community cardiac rehabilitation nurse said: “The aim of cardiac rehabilitation is to improve patients’ health following a heart attack or heart surgery, and encourage patients to make positive changes in their lifestyle, for example through exercise.

“Historically women are under-represented in cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes, not just in Bradford, but across the UK as a whole.

“In Bradford, from April 2011 to April 2012, 60 men attended classes, compared to just six women, out of a total of 75 referrals.

“According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) 2012 the national uptake is 42 per cent of all referrals so these figures fall below even the ‘unsatisfactory’ figures quoted by the BHF.”

One reason for women not participating appears to be cultural, specific to some ethnic minority groups, including avoidance of mixed sex activity and fear of travelling alone.

The project will address this by developing a cardiac rehabilitation walk group exclusively for women who have recently experienced a heart attack, have been referred for treatment or are currently being seen by the hospital team.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s Fund for Innovation and Leadership brings together a group of nurses each year from different regions and specialties.

The year-long programme aims to test new ideas and improve care delivered by nurses, allied health professionals and their teams in the community.

Each of the ten nurse-led projects, which stretch from the Isle of Man to Jersey, has received funding of up to £5,000.


our group had a very small grant from the BHF (British Heart Foundation) to help us pay upfront rent and establish and promote the group.
I have been a group exercise instructor for 30years and truly believe we need to get away from machine based circuit style exercise – cardio or resistance machines – based in health clubs and leisure centres and concentrate on COMMUNITY based and CONVENIENT sessions.

Showing cardiac patients they can regain an active, mobile and independent lifestyle is the real value of rehab sessions, improved health follows increased activity – not just from completing a 6 or 8 week course at a Leisure Centre. Ours has only3 Disabled parking spaces!

I will look forward to seeing reports of uptake of the women cardiac patients referred to these projects.