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HEART for Women Act

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


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HEART for Women Act - Tuesday, January 15, 2008The HEART for Women Act was introduced to Congress in 2006, and re-introduced on February 13, 2007. It aims to raise awareness among women and their healthcare providers about the prevalence of heart disease in females and to address the unique aspects of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in women.

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As of 2007, the death rate for heart disease in men has dropped by 17%. There has not been the same improvement in women. The incidence of female cardiovascular disease has increased in minority populations. Nearly half of African-American adult women are estimated to have some degree of cardiovascular disease.

This bill offers a multifaceted approach to improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke, as well as encourage disease prevention. It authorizes grants to educate healthcare professionals, and it authorizes the Medicare program to conduct an awareness campaign among older adults. This bill would require that healthcare data already being reported to the federal government be stratified by gender (as well as ethnicity). The HEART for Women Act also enhances screening for cardiovascular disease in low-income women. It would authorize that all 50 states adopt the WISEWOMAN program. This program (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) is administered by the Centers for Disease Control, and it provides for screening for cardiovascular disease in low-income, uninsured or underinsured women. This program is not available in all states at this time. Cardiovascular disease screening through WISEWOMAN includes tests for high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol.

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