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Bayer Healthcare and WomenHeart Launch Strong @Heart Campaign
Date:2/2/2009

- Strong @Heart Campaign Encourages the 44 Million Women Living with or at Risk of Heart Disease to Become Advocates for Women's Heart Health -

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S.,(i) yet women are still not receiving the same in-hospital treatment that men do for heart attacks and as a result, they may be more likely to die.(ii) In an effort to address this problem, Bayer Healthcare LLC, the makers of Bayer Aspirin, and WomenHeart, the nation's only national organization solely dedicated to advancing women's heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support, have teamed up during American Heart Month with the launch of Strong @Heart.

The Strong @Heart campaign encourages women to understand and advocate for early detection and prevention of heart attack and recurrent stroke. Now more than ever, women need to understand their risk factors for heart disease and advocate for their own heart health by being smarter, stronger and optimally empowered.

Sandra Revill Tremulis, a WomenHeart Champion and patient advocate, knows first-hand the importance of self advocacy. An avid runner and the image of picture-perfect health, Sandra almost lost her life to heart disease. At age 39, Sandra began experiencing extreme fatigue and a mild tingling in her chest while exercising and, although the symptoms would fade during rest, Sandra was unsettled by her condition. On her next business flight she took an aspirin, only to later learn from her doctor that the aspirin probably saved her life.

"As my symptoms persisted, I became more concerned," said Sandra. "Even though my family doctor told me I was healthy I knew something was wrong, so I sought a second opinion from a specialist only to learn that there was substantially reduced blood flow to the left side of my heart. The doctors were surprised I was even alive, but my intuiti
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