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February is Hadassah’s Women’s Heart Health Month! Take this opportunity to participate in an Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program event, donate to Every Beat Counts and Hadassah Cardiology, and advocate for women’s heart health research funding in the United States!
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, taking the life of 9 million women worldwide each year. Yet, studies continue to show that many women do not get appropriate preventive or urgent care due to a lack of research, education, and awareness about women and heart disease. Women’s heart disease risk factors and heart attack symptoms are often misdiagnosed because of gender differences, and women continue to be treated with procedures and devices whose effectiveness for women has been insufficiently studied. Physicians and patients need to be educated about the gender differences in order for women to be better diagnosed and treated. Research dedicated to the study of women’s health is essential to help save lives and reshape the healthcare system to become more responsive to the health and needs of women.
Urge Congress to fund women's heart health research, support education and screening programs, and join the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition!
The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition is a bipartisan coalition—comprised of nearly 150 senators and representatives—committed to raising awareness about heart disease and the importance of research, prevention, and treatment. Check if your elected officials are members of the Coalition. Thank members of the Coalition and urge non-members to join!
Advocating for quality and affordable healthcare, medical research funding, and policies that support healthy living and nutrition are some of Hadassah’s top domestic priorities. In July 2013, Hadassah’s National Board and delegates reaffirmed Hadassah’s policy statements on Support and Funding for Women’s Health Research and Medical Research, amending the latter to include mention of heart disease prevention and treatment for women. Hadassah members, Associates and supporters advocate for U.S. government funding for innovative medical and biotechnological research, increased funding and attention to the health needs of women, public awareness of women’s health issues, and more. See below to send a letter to your legislators!
Hadassah supports funding for the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and heart disease education and screening programs through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
• The Office of Research on Women’s Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), works in partnership with the other NIH Institutes and Centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at the NIH—and throughout the scientific community.
• The Centers for Disease Control administers state-based Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs and WISEWOMAN, a program that provides low-income, under-insured or uninsured women with risk factor screening, lifestyle intervention, and referral services in an effort to prevent cardiovascular disease.
• Million Hearts® is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
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