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Stabenow, Murkowski, Capps and Bono Mack Reintroduce HEART for Women Act
Date:2/12/2009

Federal legislation intended to help reduce cardiovascular disease in women

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a struggling economy that could force some women to make tough choices on healthcare, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congresswomen Lois Capps (D-CA) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) today reintroduced legislation that would expand access to screening and lifestyle counseling for low-income and uninsured women, including those who may have recently lost their jobs and health benefits.

The Heart disease Education, Analysis and Research and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act would expand eligibility for funding to all 50 states for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WISEWOMAN screening program for low-income, underinsured uninsured women. Currently the program is available in only 20 states. The legislation would educate both women and health care providers about the prevention and diagnosis of heart disease in women and the most effective treatments. It would also tighten Food and Drug Administration requirements for reporting sex and race-based data about new medicines and devices.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country," said Senator Stabenow. "Too many of our daughters, mothers, and grandmothers are falling victim to this terrible disease. But the reality is that a majority of women and physicians are unfamiliar with the symptoms, diagnoses, and dangers of heart disease in women. The HEART for Women Act will help educate women and their doctors, increase access to screenings for women, and expand gender specific analysis and research, so we are better equipped to fight this disease and save lives."

"Cardiovascular disease, often called the 'silent killer,' takes the life of one woman nearly every minute," said Senator Murkowski. "The HEART for Women Act uses a multi-pronged approach -
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