BENNINGTON >> Clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will present "Don't Miss a Beat" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at the Manchester Community Library. This special talk, by women for women, aims to provide a better understanding of heart disease and to help women lower their risk.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Misconceptions among women about heart disease puts them at greater risk. The talk will cover the types of heart disease, factors that put women at the greatest risk, how to prevent heart-related issues, recognizing the women-specific symptoms of a heart attack, treatment, and recovery. The program will close with questions and answers. Heart healthy refreshments will be offered.

Don't Miss a Beat will be presented by Jennifer Thuermer, MSN, ACNP-BC, of SVMC Cardiology, and Patricia Ryan, BSN, RN, CCRP, from The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at SVMC.

Thuermer has treated cardiac patients at SVMC Cardiology since 2000. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an associate in the American College of Cardiology. Thuermer is finishing her doctor of nursing practice degree from Regis College in Weston, Mass., in May.

Ryan is a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional who has been treating patients recovering from heart disease since 1992. She received her bachelor of science in Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and is a student in the master of nursing program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn.


Eileen Murray, a patient of SVMC Cardiology and a former participant in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at SVMC, will attend to share her story as well.

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