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New support group in Savannah for women with heart disease

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The brand new - and only - peer-led women's heart support group in Savannah is reaching out to patients.

They're handing out red scarves to women recovering from heart issues at St. Joseph's Candler. It is a good surprise for women in the heart hospital - a visit from another woman who went through what they are currently going through. The WomenHeart Champions come baring gifts, including red scarves.

"Put a handmade heart scarf around them.  I mean, it's literally and figuratively a hug," said Murem Sharpe, WomenHeart Champion.

They also bring a bag full of heart information and the meeting schedule, because knowledge is power.

"There are not a lot of resources out there, so this really helps us bridge the gap between when we have them here with us and we can take good care of them, and post-discharge care," said Emily Parks, Manager, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, St Joseph's/Candler.

"It also has a support component where they're going to be able to support and talk to each other about their experiences as women heart patients," said Dr. Soumya Neravetla, Surgeon, St. Joseph's/Candler.

There are a number of support groups in our area for women battling other health issues but until now, there hasn't been a peer-led group for women with heart disease,  which is the number one killer of women.

"Forty-two million women are currently living with, or are at-risk for heart disease," said Parks.

Many have wanted this group for a long time and are happy it is finally happening.

"Seeing the women; their smiles," said Parks.

These women know how to get through the tough times.

"I'm very blessed to be here, and I want to help other women," said one support group member. 

Now, they are honored to offer to help others.

The group just held their first official meeting last week. For more information on how you can be a part of the group or how you can help the group, click here

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