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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
June/July 2006;  Vol.1   No.5
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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.

  Top Story
3rd Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART Draws 350 Participants.
National Chairwoman Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, Raises Awareness of the HEART TRUTH and Implores Women and their Families to Adopt Healthier Lifestyles more
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June is ...
  • National Family Health Month WHF's suggested activity: Update immunizations for yourself and your family members. Call and make appointments for annual check-ups. Visit the PDF health library page and download a personal health record for each member of the family.
    July is ...
  • The 2nd week in July is National Family Fitness Week
    WHF's suggested activity: Make a list of ways you can help improve the fitness level of your family, then plan a family meeting to discuss ways each person can become more active.

  • News
    Controversial Call for Wider Use of Heart Scans more.
    Source: American Journal of Cardiology 2006;98(suppl):2-15. Reprinted from Healthywomen.gov Jul06

    Aura with Migraines Linked to Heart Disease in Women more.
    JAMA 2006;296:283-291. Reprinted from healthywomen.gov Jul06

    Study Confirms: Adding Soy Food Products to Your Diet can Lower Cholesterol Levels more.
    Reuter's report. Reprinted from HeartCenterOnline.com

    Heart Truth Survey: 90% unfamiliar with simple, whole-health stategies to prevent or reduce risk of heart disease. 73% did not know all the warning signs listed were associated with heart attack. Another 63% did not know all associated warning signs of stroke. The survey was administered at the 3rd Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART event held on Mother's Day 2006. A full report on the study is due to be released in the fall.
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    Upcoming Events
    SAVE THE DATE! October 30, 2006: The Governor's Conference for Women featuring Keynote Speakers Soledad O'Brien, TV Journalist and CNN Co-Anchor and Jon S. Corzine, Governor of the State of New Jersey.
    State of NJ 07/2006

    thumbnail Capitol Dome Contact Your Legislator
    The HEART for Women Act Needs Your Support!  The Foundation urges Congress to pass this important legislation this year. HEART for Women stands for Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research and Treatment. Click on the Capitol dome to find your legislator and make your voice heard. You can add your name as a cosponsor, by contacting its sponsors: Senator Debbie Stabenow (staff contact Lisa Layman, 202-224-4822), Senator Lisa Murkowski (Meredith Sumpter, 202-224-6665), Representative Lois Capps (Amy Fisher, 202-225-3601), or Representative Barbara Cubin (Landon Stropko, 202-225-2311).
    WHF 07/2006

    One Woman's Story
    thumbnail Carolyn Strimike A Woman's Heart Leader in New Jersey is Providing Essential Screenings and Education
    Carolyn L. Strimike, MSN, RN, CCRN, APRN, BC, Advanced Practice Nurse-Cardiology at the Women's Heart Center at St. Joseph's, was recently selected to receive the St. Joseph's Healthcare System 2006 Employee of the Year Award and was given regional and national recognitions as well. more.

    Recipes from the Heart
    thumbnail grilled strip steak This Grilled Strip Steak is a summertime people pleaser. Click here to find links to menu ideas, like sumptuous Mediterranean–style vegetables... a perfect companion to this beef meal. Heart Healthy Tip from Jane at Wegmans: To cut down on the saturated fat, try a petite beef shoulder steak instead... only 3 gm. of fat per serving.
    Source: Wegmans

    Foundation Notes...
    thumbnail Bonnie Arkus The landmark WISE (Women Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation) Study is resonating through the halls of Congress and a sea of change is about to take place. Women's heart disease is finally being recognized as a profoundly different disease in women than in men with a very different pathophysiology. Women not being included in research studies has had devasting consequences with diagnostic delays, misinterpretation of results, poor outcomes and many unnecessary deaths... but this does not have to be our fate. Now, legislators have authored a bill to improve the care and treatment of women. Called HEART for Women Act, you can voice your vote in favor of this important legislation by sending an email to your congressperson or senator. One study showed that 90% of primary care physicians still don't realize that heart disease kills more women than men each year. Every woman deserves gender-specific evidence-based care. Much needs to be done. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL AS IT REPRESENTS 20 YEARS OF ADVOCACY WORK BY THE WOMEN’S HEART FOUNDATION!   Click here to contact Congress and find your congressman or senator. While this legislation does not address essential wellness programs so beneficial for women's hearts, it does address disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of women through the separation of outcome data by gender, improving screening for low income women at risk and raising awareness among women and healthcare providers.

    for your support of
    The HEART for Women Act

    Take Care of Your Heart.

    - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director

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