Hi. My name is Shayna. I'm a young athlete and a health and wellness specialist. In January 2015, I had a cardiac arrest out of the blue. I was the last person any of my friends or family expected heart disease to affect. The moral is that it affects us all. Heart disease affects more women than all cancers combined. That was a startling fact. In telling my story, my aim is to engage and challenge a younger generation of women to look at their heart differently. Changing the focus of heart health awareness to a younger generation, and educating about gender differences, allows us to put our future in our own hands. 80% of the risk associated with heart disease is preventable. Heartability is here to help.
Since 1950, research in heart health was focused on men between the ages of 50-70. They were the bread winners and had the most stress. Well, today things are different. Women get more doctorates, are the primary caregivers and increasingly, bring home the money. Finally gender specific research is shedding light on our hearts. Today we know that heart disease affects our hearts differently and it affects all women, even as young as 18. By bringing support, advocacy and awareness to a younger generation, our goal is to change the future of women's heart health.
the 501c and Our Mission
Heartability is 501c (pending) charitable organization. We are a call to arms for all women to engage each other in a conversation about heart health; tell your stories, share your knowledge and live life heart healthy. All of our contributions now and in the future will go towards:
- Support: Create a gender and age specific network for young women with heart disease so we can understand our conditions and treatment, provide peer to peer emotional support and talk about how we can change our future heart health.
- Advocacy: Advocate for gender specific heart health medical care from a younger age. Our doctors should be talking to women about the gender differences in heart disease earlier, so we know how to appropriately minimize risk, ask for help when needed, and know the appropriate specialist to turn to for medical support.
- Education: Educate a younger generation of women by establishing a network of young women survivors who can talk to younger women about the preventable risks associated with heart disease, the signs and symptoms that differ from men and encourage discussion with their doctors about their heart in a preventive dialogue.