Community

Victoria woman provides venue for healing hearts

Rose Lopetrone will never forget the fear that gripped her the day she was told she had heart disease.

"It's pretty frightening just because of my background (as a former cardiac nurse)," said the Fernwood resident, who was diagnosed in 2010 with coronary artery disease. "I wasn't shocked, but I was absolutely devastated."

Lopetrone has since received treatment and a new lease on life. But she has never stopped wanting to connect with others battling the number one killer of women in Canada.

A search online led her to WomenHeart, a U.S. coalition for women with heart disease.

The group strives to foster awareness and dispel social isolation many sufferers experience.

Lopetrone was the only Canadian chosen to attend the group's symposium south of the border last fall.

She came back wanting to do more. With support from the Vancouver Island Health Authority and B.C.'s Ministry of Health, she has spearheaded Canada's first peer support group for women with heart disease.

“This is a great opportunity to provide women living with heart disease with direct peer-to-peer support and education,” B.C. Health Minister Michael de Jong said in a recent statement. “This support network has been so successful and well-received in the U.S., that it only makes sense to try their model here.”

"It's just bringing women together that can share their experience and learn from each other, and at the same time take charge of their own heart health," Lopetrone said.

WomenHeart meetings will be held free of charge on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning today (Feb. 15), at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Registration is required.

For details, please email WH-BritishColumbia@womenheart.org or call 250-516-7673.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Canada, U.S., support Hong Kong protesters
 
COASTAL LIVING: Chateau Wolff vineyard finds new owners
 
BREAKING NEWS: Authorities close Marigold Pharmacy UPDATED
Marigold Pharmacy shut down
 
The Zombies will be walking the streets of Sooke
 
Cities want licensed medical marijuana grows revealed
Kent back on the campaign trail
 
CF-18s to get life-extension upgrades
 
In celebration of breastfeeding

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 26 edition online now. Browse the archives.