March 26, 2015
The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention announced the launch of the Stronger Hearts Helpline that provides residents of San Bernardino County, Calif. with HF access to a 24/7 free call center with community resources to help better understand and manage their disease.
“The notion of ‘Stronger Hearts’ is to rejuvenate and redirect interest so people can approach HF with a more positive framework,” Clyde W.Yancy, MD, MSc, from the division of cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Healio.com. “The entire premise [of this helpline] was to not replicate anything that had been previously done. We are at a place where, surprisingly, we do not have the breadth of resources that patients need. Part of what we wanted to do was to try and come up with something that would make it easier to live with [an HF diagnosis] and easier to be successful with a diagnosis.”