Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Heart Health 411- HEART for Women Act

More than one in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease.  More women die each year from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.  Every minute a woman dies from a stroke, heart attack or some form of cardiovascular disease.  The statistics are staggering!  In recognition of the urgent need to put women’s heart health at the forefront of the national agenda, the HEART for Women Act was introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Representative Lois Capps (CA).

HEART is an acronym for Heart Disease Education Analysis Research and Treatment for Women Act.  The purpose of the Heart for Women Act is to enhance the quality of, and access to care, for women with cardiovascular disease or who have suffered from a stroke.   The Act is aimed at ensuring that doctors have the most up to date information on new medical treatments, which could be lifesaving in the event of an emergency.  One of the major goals of the Act is to prevent heart disease and stroke in low income and uninsured communities. The importance of this Act cannot be overstated.  I encourage each of you to reach out to your representatives and encourage them to support the HEART for Women Act. 

Go Red!

Ciji Dodds

Miss International 2011

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