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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
support wellness, awareness and early intervention of heart disease as it affects women.
WHF Takes Women to Heart
, hosting a free Women's Heart Luncheon, fashion day and health symposium
February 3. Over 300 New Jersey women attended and organizers declared the event a huge success.
Governor Jon Corzine proclaimed the first Saturday in February as WEAR RED New Jersey Day,
as part of the nation's Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease as the #1 killer of women.
Source: whf 2007-02-25
AHA Releases Updated Guidelines.
Advise focusing on women's lifetime heart risk.
Update gives definitive answers on HRT, aspirin, supplements
Source: aha 2007-02-20
February is ...
National Heart Month
Second week in February: Cardiac Rehab Week
NIH: Heart Disease Death in American Women Declined from 2003-2004 with 17,000 Fewer Deaths
Experts attribute this to improved technology and greater awareness. Additionally, there has been significant progress made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their leading killer, up from 34 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in 2005.
Study: Genetic Link for Women and Heart Disease.
Early heart disease linked to women with asthma and further substantiates the link with the inflammation theory.
"This is the first direct evidence that a gene known to be linked to asthma is also tied to adult heart disease," said Edward Lammer, M.D., Geneticist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. "Our work is significant because we made allowances for other risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Consequently, we believe that the risk is genetic and not significantly influenced by a person's environment," said Dr. Lammer.
Source: Science Daily 2007-02-12. Full report to be published in February issue of the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
WHF, Monmouth University School of Nursing and the Monmouth Medical Center unite for a gender care program for nurses Feb 13.
A limited number of scholarships will be made available to nursing students through WHF. Download brochure.
SAVE THE DATE: May 26, 2007
4th Annual RUN FOR YOUR HEART at Mercer County Park. Stay tuned for details.
Contact Your Legislator
The HEART for Women Act Needs Your Support!
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).
It was thrilling to see 300 women at the second annual WEAR RED NEW JERSEY Day Women's Heart Luncheon. The event
is used to celebrate women of all ages, especially those who have been successful at making
healthy lifestyle changes.
It takes place the first Saturday in February and is
replicated by other states across the country. We are grateful to our New Jersey sponsors for
making this event possible, including Lord and Taylor, R-Ving Women, Capital Health System and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In-kind support
came from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services and the Office on Women's Health,
WHF assists states in reaching out to women during Women's Heart Week by providing
collateral materials such as WEAR RED flyers, banners and signs, and Take Care of Your Heart brochures
and Women's Health Tracker cards.
We were rewarded to learn of
17,000 fewer heart disease deaths in American women from 2003-2004. This is in no small part due to
the advocacy and awareness efforts of WHF and other groups to effect
the improved care and treatment of women. As doctors learn more about
gender-specific medicine and the appropriate use of technology in treating women's heart disease, we hope to see even more gains
in 2008. WEAR RED for WOMEN! Work with the WHF to organize a Women's Heart Luncheon in your state
and help deliver the life-saving message that heart disease is women's #1 killer and...
Take Care of Your Heart.
- Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director
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The Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
is a monthly publication to respond to the health crisis
of women's heart disease by implementing an integrated model
that promotes excellence of care of women through gender medicine,
wellness and early intervention programs.