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WomenHeart Celebrates American Heart Month With Heart Promises Campaign
Date:2/9/2009

Pledge to Improve Your Heart Health Through Proper Oral Care

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- During February's American Heart Month, women throughout the U.S. will be making personal pledges to improve their heart health. To help support this national initiative and promote heart health awareness, WomenHeart has partnered with Colgate-Palmolive to launch the Heart Promises campaign.

Heart Promises will focus on empowering women by providing the knowledge and tools needed to make positive lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk of heart disease. The campaign's online resource, www.HealthyMouthHealthyBody.com, is specifically designed to educate women about the role that proper oral care can play in improving their heart health. While everyone needs to take care of their oral health, proper oral care is particularly important for women as female hormones can lead to a higher risk of gum disease. For instance, changes in hormone levels due to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause cause women to be at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease -- a serious form of gum disease associated with tooth loss and other health conditions. Heart disease and severe gum disease have a number of common risk factors, suggesting that they may also share a causal or directional relationship.

"A growing body of research suggests an association between severe gum disease and certain serious health conditions, such as heart disease -- the number one cause of death in U.S. women," said Altagracia Chavez, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and member of WomenHeart's Scientific Advisory Council. "It's important for physicians to talk with their patients about all aspects of their health and steps they can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle -- and that includes helping them prevent oral healt
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