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

links to other useful resources. To join the WomenHeart Strong @Heart community on Facebook visit www.WonderDrug.com or www.WomenHeart.org. Remember to get regular check-ups so you and your doctor can monitor your heart health.

"We are so grateful to have generous partners like Bayer Healthcare that share our organization's commitment to helping women take charge of their heart health," said Lisa M. Tate, CEO of WomenHeart. "I believe that through this campaign we can turn awareness into action and build a community of women who are committed to be being Strong @Heart by being HeartSAFE."

Aspirin is a Lifesaver

For the 1 in 3 women who have some form of CVD and the 3 million women in the U.S. who have a history of myocardial infarction (MI),(iii) a doctor-recommended aspirin regimen can be a critical component of any CV event prevention plan. Aspirin is proven to reduce the risk of recurrent heart attack and stroke when taken regularly under a doctor's direction by those at elevated risk, and can reduce the risk of dying during a heart attack if taken as directed by a doctor. A Partnership for Prevention reports states that an additional 45,000 lives could be saved each year if more at-risk adults took low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular events,(iv) yet research shows that women are 14 % less likely than men to be treated with aspirin following a heart attack.(v)

Before starting an aspirin regimen it is important that women understand their risk for heart disease. Risk factors include age, family history of heart disease, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, increased LDL cholesterol and diabetes. Women need to work with their doctors to assess their CVD risk, as well as talk about options for lowering their risk, if it is increased. Important lifesty
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