Every year 1 in 4 women lose their life to heart disease
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Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative (WHHI) is the first Nurse-Led women’s heart disease prevention program in Canada.
Our goal is to empower women to take control of their own heart health through awareness, education and prevention.
Created at the McGill University Health Center, it is an innovative model of care where nurses and doctors work together to provide individualized heart health care to women.
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Heart disease does not discriminate. Striking women of every age, race and religion.
Too many women still mistakenly believe that breast cancer is the greatest threat to their health while in reality it is heart disease. As a result, they are not looking for the symptoms of heart disease such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath or extreme fatigue. They may miss or dismiss these symptoms, delaying or not seeking medical help, potentially putting them at serious risk.
Heart disease is preventable by modifying and reducing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical inactivity, smoking and poor nutrition. Since launching the WHHI, patient enrolment has far surpassed initial projections and the positive health benefits we have seen in the women that have been treated are impressive and extremely promising.
We all have a role to play in spreading the word and educating our friends, family and colleagues so they can prevent this disease. Sharing the information you read on this website, encouraging them to become more informed or seek professional help could improve or even save a woman’s life. By making a donation, you can make an even more tangible difference in reducing the risk of heart disease in women. Thank you for your invaluable support!
RN, BScN, MScN, Director WHHI
Dr. Eleanor Elstein
Edwards Professor of Cardiology
Continuing the Conversation
What our Patients Say
Here are some testimonials from inspiring women who, with our support, have transformed their health and reduced their risk of heart disease.
I have learned to take care of myself and be more aware of my health. The WHHI has helped me to lose weight, become more active, reduce my insulin intake and improve my overall health.
My experience with the WHHII clinic has been a true eye opener. It has helped me understand the value of a truly healthy lifestyle – proper diet and regular check-ups.
Ever since I have been coming to the WHHI, they have encouraged and motivated me to change the way I live, including physical activity and nutrition. Seeing the dietician taught me to change my eating habits and to understand how to interpret nutritional information on food packages.
Getting the diagnosis of heart disease and facing surgery was my lowest point but the WHHI clinic made me feel like I was coming home. I felt cared for and supported in so many ways so from that moment on, I was never alone.