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Women's Heart Foundation Newsletter
Helping you take care of your heart
January 2007 2006;  Vol.1   No.11
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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.

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thumbnail Woman Holding Heart-shaped candy box WHF plans a Women's Heart Luncheon with RED DRESS Fashion by Lord & Taylor on Saturday Feb 3 in Trenton in commemoration of its 14th annual Women's Heart Week 2007, partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and NJ Department of Health & Senior Services to deliver a health message to women at this 2nd annual WEAR RED-NJ event. The Foundation also is partnering with other institutions for outreach during the month. more on events in NJ and elsewhere.   press release
Source: whf 2007-01-09

WHF Welcomes New Board. Barbara Roberts, MD, FACC, Director of the Women's Heart Center at Meriam Hospital in Providence to serve as President. more.
Source: whf 2007-01-09

January is ...
  • Reminiscence Month
    A time to recall, reminisce and record the memories of a lifetime. WHF's suggested activity: Use this month to rekindle old friendships and complete the family picture album. Frame your favorite pictures so you can enjoy seeing them each day. Record your family history and make a family tree.

    Sex and the Heart - Older women are more at risk for heart disease than men and worse off than they were 10 years ago, say USC and UCLA researchers.
    A surprising new study finds that women in their 60s have as many risk factors for heart disease as men, and by their 70s have more, according to research led by demographers at the University of Southern California. The findings, published in the current issue of the Journal of Women's Health, reflect a change from previous decades when older men were at greater risk for heart disease. Instead this research shows over the last 10 years, older women are doing worse, while men are doing better. Women's risk for heart disease is still lower than men's through middle age. But the break-even point at which women catch up to men is now at age 60, 10 years earlier than before. more.
    Source: eurekalert 2006-09-08

    Lower income means higher risk for heart disease. Protein linked to heart disease found to be more prevalent in low-income people, minorities and women; findings may help explain why the poor age faster, say USC and UCLA researchers. Low-income adults are more likely to have very high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a risk factor for heart disease, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Southern California. The study also found that African Americans, Hispanics and women are more likely to have high levels of CRP, and that obesity is the largest contributor to above normal CRP levels. Funded by NIH with supporty by Division of Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. more.
    Source: eurekalert 2006-09-21

    Professional Education
  • 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.

    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

    thumbnail Capitol Dome 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).

    Recipes from the Heart
    thumbnail turkey chili soup Turkey Chili Soup
    This hearty soup is spicy and nutritious - great for a cold winter afternoon or even as a light dinner. Click here for an entire assortment of recipes from Wegmans.
    Source: Wegmans

    Foundation Notes...
    thumbnail Bonnie Arkus WHF is honored to be involved with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for the second year in a row, reaching out to women about their hearts. Through state partnerships, we can educate many more about how this disease differs in women. Nurses are becoming increasingly involved in carrying the message forward and advocating for their patients and for changes within their own institutions to better respond to women's milder symptoms. This is our purpose.

    Take Care of Your Heart.

    - Bonnie Arkus, RN, Executive Director

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