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

hat they can do to prevent and treat heart disease and lead healthier lives," said Representative Bono Mack. "Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in our country. While more and more men are seeking treatment for cardiovascular diseases, a significantly smaller percentage of women are getting the help they need. This legislation addresses this disparity through a multifaceted approach that will improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke. I am proud to join my colleagues in this important effort that could save millions of lives."

The HEART for Women Act is endorsed by a number of leading health and women's organizations, including the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, WomenHeart, the Society for Women's Health Research, and the Association for Black Cardiologists.

"Women's heart health is of utmost importance especially during a time when Americans are likely foregoing medical care and preventive services because of the sluggish economy," said Timothy J. Gardner, M.D., American Heart Association President. "We simply cannot afford to let more women die needlessly from a largely preventable disease. The reintroduction of the HEART for Women Act will help ensure that low income, uninsured and underinsured women have access to free CVD screening and lifestyle counseling to help combat this deadly disease."

"The Society for Women's Health Research feels strongly that the HEART for Women Act will finally require the FDA to provide women with the important information they need regarding sex and race based differences in new medicines and devices," said Phyllis Greenberger, M.S.W., President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research. "The HEART Act will improve the lives of women with heart disease by helping them receive the most appropriate treatment."

"A woman is twice as likely as a man to die in the year following a heart atta
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