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

as it affects women. They studied the delivery of The Heart Truth Professional Education Campaign across three states to diverse audiences of healthcare providers. All of the healthcare providers showed improved knowledge on women and heart disease after participating in the lectures, according to the authors.

"Through the Heart Truth Professional Education Campaign, we can make providers aware of the most up-to-date and evidence-based recommendations that are used for the prevention and management of heart disease," Dr. Ehrenthal said. "Providers can bring those treatments to the women they see to help them live healthier lives."

Providers with the lowest baseline knowledge improved the most after participation in the educational campaign, including obstetricians and gynecologists. That finding is important because these physicians provide a lot of primary careare not trained intensively in this subjectand could play a key role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women, said the authors.

The study also found that tailoring the lectures to non-physicians, who also provide a lot of primary care, might be beneficial. And they noted that more emphasis is needed on the appropriate use of drugs called statins, which can combat heart disease in women and men.

"These Heart Truth professional educational materials are tools that can translate medical evidence into practice," said Susan F. Wood, PhD, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and an associate professor of health policy at SPHHS. "This study demonstrates that health professionals need this information and can use the knowledge gained to provide better care to their patients."

Nancy C. Lee, MD, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health-Women's Health, said: "The Office on Women's Health is committed to improving the heart health of women. By keeping the Heart Truth provider education materials updated with the latest information, we c
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Contact: Kathy Fackelmann
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202-994-8354

Anne Markus
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202-994-4184

George Washington University
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