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New Evaluation of the Heart Truth® Professional Education Materials Released
Date:3/18/2013

WASHINGTON, DC Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Yet historically, women have been less likely than men to receive evidence-based medical care for both the prevention and management of heart disease. In 1999 the American Heart Association (AHA) published the first clinical recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. This was soon followed by the implementation of The Heart Truth campaign for consumers in 2002 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which was expanded in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office on Women's Health to target healthcare providers. Since the initial AHA publication, the clinical guidelines have been updated three times, most recently in 2011.

The HHS Office on Women's Health, in collaboration with the AHA and NHLBI, updated its series of online professional education materials designed to improve clinical ability to better prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease in women. The updates were implemented with assistance from the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), guided by an expert Advisory Committee. The lecture slide-sets, which provide basic and advanced clinical training for healthcare providers, including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and students, are available at http://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-truth/clinical-education/lecture-materials.cfm.

A team of researchers, led by Deborah B. Ehrenthal, MD, MPH of Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, and Suzanne G. Haynes, PhD, Senior Science Advisor in the HHS Office on Women's Health, published a study in the March 2013 Women's Health Issues evaluating the education campaign on provider knowledge of heart disease
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Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
kfackelmann@gwu.edu
202-994-8354

Anne Markus
whieditor@gwu.edu
202-994-4184

George Washington University
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