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

arming medical providers with the safest and most effective cardiovascular treatments for women and giving more women access to the WISEWOMAN program that provides free heart disease and stroke prevention screening to low-income, uninsured women. Passage of this legislation will ensure that providers have greater access to life-saving drugs and screening services to prevent the rise of cardiovascular disease in women."

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims the lives of 455,000 women each year, or approximately one death each minute. It kills more women than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Even though more women than men die from heart disease each year, 43 percent of women are unaware that CVD is the leading cause of death in women, according to an American Heart Association survey. And 90 percent of primary care physicians are also unaware that heart disease kills more women than men each year.

"While we have made great progress in the fight against heart disease it remains the number one killer of American women, needlessly claiming the lives of far too many of our mothers, sisters, and daughters," said Representative Capps, a registered nurse. "Unfortunately not enough people -- including health professionals -- recognize that heart disease poses such a serious threat to women's health and far too many women pay a terrible price for that lack of knowledge. Our legislation addresses the critical knowledge gap by ensuring that health care professionals are informed about the risks of cardiovascular disease in women, know how this disease affects women differently than men, and are better equipped to diagnose heart disease in women.

"By providing access to highquality screenings for heart disease and stroke we can help women across the country secure an early diagnosis of the disease and receive effective treatment."

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