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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
November 2006;  Vol.1   No.9
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Welcome to the Women's Heart Foundation e-Newsletter, a resource in the emerging field of gender-specific health and medicine with programs and research that supports wellness, awareness and early intervention of heart disease as it affects women.

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thumbnail r-ving women website R-Ving Women Awards $15,600 Donation to WHF. Women's travel group applauds WHF's website as being most helpful in guiding women about their heart health and wants to support its educational effort. more.
Source: whf 2006-11

November is ...
  • National Family Caregivers Month
    National Family Caregivers Week is celebrated the week before Thanksgiving to recognize the millions of family caregivers. Go to www.nfcacares.org. Chat room support for caregivers is available at Mrs. Rosalynn Carter's website at www.rci.gsw.edu. Get organized with care-giving. Go to WHF's caregiver support pages and pdf health library pages to download a medication record, care plan or child safety checklist.
  • 3rd Thursday in November is the Great American Smoke–Out observed annually to celebrate a smoke-free environment. Contact: American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org
  • 4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving

    Hospitals Strive to Reduce "Door to Balloon" time to 90 minutes, in an Effort to Improve Outcomes by Treating Heart Attacks Faster with Angioplasty.
    Hundreds of hospitals around the country are joining the most ambitious project ever undertaken to give faster emergency room care to people suffering major heart attacks. Fewer than one-third of such patients now get their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arrival, as guidelines recommend. The risk of dying goes up 42 percent if care is delayed even half an hour longer, so there is a large opportunity to improve patient care. more.
    intelihealth 2006-11-14
    Medicaid patients less likely than those with private insurance to receive recommended cardiac care. (CHICAGO) – The quality of cardiac care for Medicaid patients lags behind the care given to those with HMOs and private insurance according to a new study. The study found Medicaid patients were less likely to receive short term medications and to undergo invasive cardiac procedures. They also had higher in-hospital mortality rates and were less likely to receive recommended discharge care. Differences were fewer and smaller for Medicare patients. more
    Annals of Int Med 2006-11-21. Found EurekAlert.com

    Upcoming Events
    Second Annual Women's Heart Luncheon and Wear Red event day for New Jersey women. Place: the Trenton War Memorial Building, Rte 29, Trenton. Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. This is a FREE event for all women.
    whf 2006-09

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    The HEART for Women Act Needs Your Support! 

  • Features
    Recipes from the Heart
    thumbnail stir frying Stir-frying - FAST FOODS
    Eating delicious and healthy food quickly - and at home! Click here for an entire assortment of recipes from Wegmans.
    Source: Wegmans

    Foundation Notes...
    thumbnail Bonnie Arkus Imagine my surprise when traveling on the New Jersey turnpike earlier this month and receiving a telephone call on my cell phone from Jan Harris of R-Ving Women, relating a check in the amount of $15,600 was in the mail as a donation to the WHF! Turns out that Jan's mom had a heart problem and Jan used the Women's Heart Foundation website to help make critical decisions about her mom's heart care. She ended up needing to have an angioplasty. She is alive and doing very well to this day. Since that time, the entire membership of RVing women did a web search, she said, and all agreed that the WHF site was the best for heart care information for women. Thank you, R-VING Women, and my mother thanks you too! Take Care of Your Heart.

    - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director

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