Finding strength among women

If you are a woman who has survived a heart-related event or has heart disease, you are part of a growing sisterhood in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. To connect with other women like you, Parkview has created a support group — the WomenHeart Support Network of Parkview Heart Institute.

Trained patient volunteers lead our support group. Our goals are to:

  • Encourage you as you learn about your condition
  • Help you discover new strengths
  • Connect you with other women who understand your experiences
  • Share health information
  • Connect you with community resources

The WomenHeart Support Network of Parkview Heart Institute is facilitated by three local WomenHeartChampions for heart health who have completed extensive training with heart health experts at the WomenHeartScience & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic. The network allows you to learn from one another and from these trained WomenHeart Champions.

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Your WomenHeart Champions

Cindy Morphett

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Cindy was being proactive when she scheduled a screening test for coronary artery disease in 2012. When she went in for the scan, she was told that it couldn’t be done. Cindy’s heart rate was too high, and she learned she had A-fib, a heart condition that could lead to clots, stroke or heart failure. Cindy went to the ER, where doctors shocked her heart back into a normal rhythm. When medication and another procedure couldn’t maintain a healthy heart rate, she received a pacemaker in January 2014. Now Cindy is active and feeling well.

Dianne Geeting

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When Dianne began to experience shortness of breath, she became worried that long-term use of asthma medicine was causing heart problems. She was diagnosed and treated for an enlarged heart and stenosis of the mitral heart valve. Unfortunately, other conditions developed over the years: A-fib, congestive heart failure and stenosis of the aortic valve. Dianne takes medication, and most recently, she had her aortic valve replaced with the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. In Dianne’s words, she’s doing “fantastic” and enjoys her seven children, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Andrea Moore

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In 2014, Andrea was working in home healthcare and regularly monitoring her patients’ blood pressures as part of her responsibilities. She decided to do the same for herself and noticed her own blood pressure was going up. At first she shrugged it off, thinking it was related to stress and her busy schedule. Eventually Andrea discussed her blood pressure with her physician, who ordered an EKG. An abnormal EKG led to further testing and eventually diagnoses of congestive heart failure. Medication did not significantly improve her symptoms. Since receiving a pacemaker, Andrea has experienced more energy level and better overall health. Through lifestyle changes, like eating healthier, exercising more, and reducing stress, Andrea is learning to manage her condition and feels better than she has in years. ?   

Marilyn Wimbley

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?Marilyn was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 14. Back then, the medication was experimental, and they told Marilyn and her family that it could eventually lead to heart problems. At age 46, Marilyn experienced a severe heart attack, and since then she has been learning to manage her heart condition. Recently, Marilyn was diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatment will be a little more difficult because of her heart condition, but she’s not afraid of a challenge. As Marilyn says, “I’m starting a new fight, but I will keep going. I’m a fighter.” Marilyn will continue to be a WomenHeart Champion throughout this new journey because she believes strength comes from helping other people, and sharing our stories gives others the courage to carry on. Taking this journey with other people gives Marilyn a new purpose. She likes to say that “We help each other through the hard parts, and together we can’t be defeated. I know my sisters at WomenHeart will hang in there with me, they’re all on my team now.”

To support our female cardiac patients, Parkview Heart Institute joined the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance and formed the WomenHeart Support Network of Parkview Heart Institute.

The WomenHeart Support Network of Parkview Heart Institute will meet on the second Thursday each month, except July and December, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Conference Room 2, fifth floor, Parkview Heart Institute, located on the Parkview Regional Medical Center campus. For questions about monthly meetings, call (260) 266-2444.

Parkview Heart Institute
11108 Parkview Circle Drive, Entrance 10
Parkview Regional Medical Center Campus
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Learn more about women's heart health. For information about other services available to you through Parkview Heart Institute, call (260) 266-2444 or toll free at (855) 762-7762.

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