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A Note from Mary - April 2018

Posted By WomenHeart, 15 hours ago

MaryIt’s less than two weeks until our annual Wenger Awards—a memorable night meant to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of those working to improve our world for women with heart disease. The event brings together some of the best and the brightest in the field.
 
This year marks the 18th annual gala and my eighth time leading this important event at WomenHeart. Sometimes, I can’t even believe it myself—that an integral part of my job involves honoring exceptional leaders contributing to advancing women’s heart health, whether through scientific discovery, new groundbreaking research, persistent political advocacy, or raising awareness by portraying important and real stories on television.
 
This year’s honorees are remarkable, and I’m excited to spend the evening showing the rest of the world just how much you can make a difference at the individual level. 

As the #1 killer of women, heart disease can often feel like a daunting diagnosis and societal problem too big for any of us to make a real difference in overcoming. But there are small ways that every person can do their part to fight for every heart, our theme for this year’s Wenger Awards:

  1. Educate yourself and other women: The more that women know about heart disease, the easier it will be to know when to seek help, advocate for yourself, and understand that every minute matters when it comes to the physical makeup of your heart. We have to encourage more women to take time for themselves and put their health first—for the good of those they love.
     
  2. Talk about it: Have a conversation with an important woman in your life. Only 55 percent of women know that heart disease is their leading cause of death, and because of this, many women may not know how their symptoms are often different from men’s.
     
  3. Focus on prevention: There’s a lot we can’t control and there are some risk factors for heart disease we can control. Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable. This includes diet, exercising, and knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers. Ask your doctor to get screened and have the conversation about your #1 health risk. At WomenHeart, we mostly interact with women in need of support and resources, and we are happy to help through all of our wonderful programs. We’d also like make sure that women don’t only find out about WomenHeart after they’ve had a heart attack or lived with a heart defect for all their lives.
This year, I invite you to attend our Wenger Awards with a woman you love. Named for Dr. Nanette Wenger, a visionary and a leader in women’s cardiovascular health, the awards ceremony honors those fighting to advance women’s heart health. A true trailblazer who paved the way for others, Dr. Wenger spent her career conducting groundbreaking research that ultimately led to what we know today—heart disease in women can look very different. She focuses on the intricacies and nuances of women’s heart disease and highlights the benefits and need for more women to participate in clinical trials. Today at 87, she’s still practicing medicine as what some would call, “a rock star physician.”
 
May her remarkable leadership inspire us to continue to advance the science, question the status quo, and stay inspired to raise our voices in the fight for every heart.

Mary McGowan, CEO

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Champion Spotlight: Meet Marcia Egeland

Posted By WomenHeart, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Marcia

You know all those headlines that read, “How could a healthy, 40-something have a heart attack?” What they don’t seem to understand, is that heart disease does not discriminate. People of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds get heart disease. Nearly 1 in 4 women die of heart disease every year.

As Chandra Wilson’s character Dr. Miranda Bailey said on a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Sixty-three percent of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.”

On the day of Marcia Kritzler-Egeland’s heart attack back in 2014, she was teaching part-time, exercising three to five times a week as a lap swimmer, and leading water fitness classes at the local YMCA in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, where she lives. One October morning, she was attending a water fitness class taught by a colleague when she experienced a brief but intense sharp pain in her left bicep. As soon as she stopped exercising, the pain went away.

“I figured because any time I stopped, the pain subsided, that it was just exerciserelated,” Kritzler-Egeland said. “So I went ahead and finished the class. I even sat in the hot tub afterward. I was kind of in denial, because I figured for it to be something really bad, there would be intense lasting pain.”

By some miracle, she was scheduled to visit her primary care doctor later that afternoon.

“Just as an aside, I casually mentioned at the end of the appointment, ‘Oh, by the way, I had some pain in my upper arm this morning,’” Kritzler-Egeland recalled.

Her doctor assured her it was probably nothing major, she doubted it was heart-related, maybe just a pulled muscle, but because of her family history of heart disease, she ran a few tests just to be safe. This precautionary wisdom ultimately saved Kritzler-Egeland’s life.

Kritzler-Egeland has a family history of heart disease: Her father died of a stroke during surgery at 57 and her paternal grandfather had poor circulation which led to a leg amputation and eventually caused his death in his late 60s.

“It was always in the back of my mind that this could happen to me, but I’d gone to see a cardiologist in my early 40s, but they said, ‘You’re protected because you’re a woman,’” Kritzler-Egeland said. “And I just accepted that.”

She had had cardiac catheterizations and the doctors found “a little bit of calcification,” Kritzler-Egeland said. “I didn’t know to ask any further questions. I didn’t even know what to ask, so I just went on my way and adjusted my diet and things seemed OK.”

But years later, on that fateful Halloween in 2014, a persistent doctor who listened to her symptoms and family history performed an EKG despite already having performed one in June of that year. But when the EKG came back clean, it was Kritzler-Egeland’s turn to persist.

“I said, ‘You know, I just have a bad feeling about this,’” Kritzler-Egeland said. So her doctor decided to check her cardiac enzymes just for peace of mind.

“When she came back in with the results, she took my hands in hers and told me I had had a heart attack that morning,” Kritzler-Egeland said. “She had a wheelchair waiting for me and wheeled me to the ER.”

In a small town of less than 10,000 people, there was no cardiologist at her local hospital. Doctors told her she’d have to choose one from another hospital. She called her husband who helped her choose a cardiologist in Green Bay, about 45 miles away. When she arrived, they immediately performed surgery and placed seven stents in her chest to open up her three blocked arteries.

Today, she’s grateful that her doctor persisted until she got an accurate and lifesaving, timely diagnosis. “It was Halloween, and I was going to go out to buy my costume for that evening. I was going to be Marge, from Fargo,” she said. “I probably would have died that night if I had not gone to see my doctor.”

Since then, it’s been far from smooth sailing: She’s experienced angina, more catheterizations, and a triple bypass surgery at Bellin Hospital. She’s successfully completed cardiac rehab, hearty condition (the next phase of rehab) and clinical trial research as a study participant. She’s sought help for her depression and emotional issues that followed as a result and learned about WomenHeart from Bellin, who had just joined the National Hospital Alliance and encouraged Kritzler-Egeland to join the group of women heart disease survivors and community leaders.

A 2016 WomenHeart Champion, Kritzler-Egeland says she joined WomenHeart because she didn’t want another woman to feel isolated and alone. After joining the Heart Sisters program, she was matched with another woman going through something similar.

“WomenHeart was wonderful. I got so much support and was matched up with another heart sister,” Kritzler-Egeland recalls. “I had all kinds of questions she could answer, which was so helpful and supportive during that time.”

She started a support network group that meets monthly in the Sturgeon Bay area with women who are actively involved in trying to improve their lives through heart healthy decisions. They explore making recipes more heart healthy, celebrate life at heart healthy barbeques where the mains are chicken and fish, and talk about the hard issues.

“WomenHeart is great because it fulfills my need to teach,” Kritzler-Egeland said.

Today, she never stops teaching and never stops living. “My doctor, Dr. James Rider, an amazing cardiologist at Bellin, said to me something that stuck with me. He said, ‘Don’t become a cardiac cripple.’ Meaning, don’t use your heart as an excuse not to do something. Set goals for yourself,” Kritzler-Egeland recalled. “So eight months after my triple bypass, I went to visit my son in Thailand for six weeks.”

Her next goal is hiking the El Camino trail from France to Spain.

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Minority Health Month: A Time to Fight for Every Heart

Posted By WomenHeart, Monday, April 23, 2018

Originally published by Outcome Health, April 18, 2018

 If you knew that your biggest health threat was 80 percent preventable, what would you do to stop it? Would you fight? In recognition of Minority Health Month in April, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has teamed up with Outcome Health to educate women of color about their leading cause of death.

If you knew that your biggest health threat was 80 percent preventable, what would you do to stop it? Would you fight? Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, causing the death of 1 in 4 females, and sadly 45 percent of women are not aware of this fact. And what’s even more startling is that this number is higher for African American (64 percent) and Hispanic (66 percent) women. In recognition of Minority Health Month in April, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has teamed up with Outcome Health to educate women of color about their leading cause of death.

Heart disease claims the lives of nearly 48,000 African American and 21,000 Hispanic women annually. Black women are disproportionality impacted by hypertension-related heart disease and congestive heart failure compared to white women. The prevalence for diabetes, which increases the risk for heart disease, is twice as high in Hispanic women as white women. With more than 46 percent of African American women having high blood pressure and nearly one-third of Hispanic women, one of the risk factors for heart disease, we’ve got to do more to educate minority populations about their risks and prevention. This is especially important in hard-to-reach communities like Native American women, who may live in rural or remote areas, and studies show that their risk factors are much higher. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women die from heart disease at younger ages than other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

While these numbers are alarming, there are some things that can be done to significantly reduce your risk of heart disease. Risk factors include poor diet, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, complications during pregnancy, and family history. Some risk factors you can control—such as high blood pressure, diet, and physical activity. Others are harder because they are beyond our control, such as family history. That’s why it’s critical that women seek preventive care and stay on top of their heart health by monitoring blood pressure, pulse, BMI, and cholesterol. To help lower your personal risk factors for heart disease, women can make an effort to eat smarter and follow a heart healthy diet and exercise at least 30 minutes per day.

Controlling your risk factors and living a heart healthy life may not be enough. Many women, especially minorities, continue to struggle with misdiagnoses, access to care, and affordability. Only half of African American women know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. We need to do a better job ensuring that doctors know what to look for in women and understand how their symptoms may be different from men’s and therefore how treatment is different.

Despite these challenges, here is encouraging news: More women are learning how to take charge of their heart health and demanding that they are included in the research and science of heart disease. WomenHeart is hosting its 18th annual Wenger Awardsdinner on May 7, 2018. Named for Nanette Kass Wenger, M.D., a pioneer in women’s cardiology, this annual event recognizes individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to women’s heart health. This year’s honorees include: “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson (Excellence in Media Award), the Honorable Debbie Dingell (D-MI) (Excellence in Public Service), Dr. Roxana Mehran (Excellence in Medical Leadership), and Dr. Clyde Yancy (Excellence in Medical Research). This year’s theme, “Fighting for Every Heart,” signals that despite race, culture, age or socio-economic status, all women deserve equal access to quality heart health care, education, treatment, and prevention.

WomenHeart will continue fighting for every heart until we eradicate heart disease in women. We will continue fighting for every heart until all women have the same access as men to accurate cardiac diagnostic testing and proper treatment. We will continue fighting for every heart until all women have the tools and resources to advocate for themselves and take charge of their heart health. We urge you to join us and fight for every heart.

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A Note from Mary - March 2018

Posted By WomenHeart, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

From the WomenHeart March 2018 Heart to Heart Newsletter

MaryAs I participated in a roundtable discussion on Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) at the American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando two weeks ago, I thought to myself how extraordinary it is that we still know so little about the condition, particularly in women, given its prevalence and the rise of diabetes in the United States. Although more than 10 million people suffer from PAD—which is closely linked to coronary artery disease (CAD) and other types of heart disease—too often we hear stories of misdiagnoses and lack of awareness. Many say that PAD—a condition in which fatty plaque builds up in the blood vessels until they become blocked—affects more women than men, often because women live longer.


So why, in this day and age, do we still struggle to differentiate symptoms and treatments in women? The need for gender-specific care and including more women in research is stronger than ever.


I know firsthand what can happen when we ignore our bodies and prolong diagnoses. I have seen it. My father suffered from PAD, and I know that family history can play a crucial role in our health. He was also a smoker and lived with diabetes, which is very common in PAD patients. I watched as he had to undergo multiple amputations as a result of this vicious disease. Ten years after his diagnosis, my brilliant father, a lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court, passed away from a heart attack.


Because of my family history, I’m aware of my risk for developing heart disease. And that’s all the more reason I’m committed to taking control of my heart health. We have to take the initiative to change the things we can control, like whether we smoke (the single most modifiable/changeable risk), what food we eat, how often we exercise, and how adamant we are about checking our blood pressure and cholesterol levels. That’s why we partnered with Burlington Stores for the seventh consecutive year and offered people nationwide free heart health screenings.


We know that knowledge is power, but too often, we wait until our numbers demand lifestyle changes. I urge all women to have a conversation with their doctor about their risk factors for PAD and heart disease. As we enter April, which is Minority Health Month, I especially urge women of color to pay close attention to their number one health risk.


Today, my story continues, and I am able to honor my father by paying attention to my own risk factors and trying to live a heart healthy life.

Mary McGowan, CEO
WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

  

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Champion spotlight: Q&A with Dawn Manogue

Posted By Kristina Brooks, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dawn and Lily

Then and now: Dawn Manogue and daughter, Lilly Toomey in 2004 and 2018 Burlington Stores heart campaigns

 

We met with WomenHeart Champion, Dawn Manogue and her 17-year-old daughter Lily at the Burlington Stores heart screening in Hartford, Connecticut to discuss how advocacy has shaped this mother-daughter relationship. One of the pair’s earliest campaigns was WomenHeart’s 2004 White Blouse campaign, meant to raise awareness about women’s heart disease and put a face behind the #1 killer of women.

Dawn was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy—a form of heart failure due to pregnancy—in 2001, just seven weeks after giving birth. "I was misdiagnosed,” Dawn says. “I was in end-stage heart failure, but they told me I had New-Mommy anxiety. I ended up not needing [a heart transplant], but it made me realize a few things about the health care system. I was looking for an outlet or way to actually be effective.”

After reading a news story about the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic (S&L), Dawn reached out to learn more. “It was super empowering and amazing to meet other people who had a similar experience.”

 

Raising a new generation of advocates

 Heart disease runs in Dawn’s family, and at just 14 weeks old, her daughter Lily was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) that required open heart surgery.

“We spent the first year or so on mother-daughter medication, battling heart disease,” Dawn recalls. “There seems to be a sense of shame that women have around having a chronic disease. I didn’t want [Lily] to ever feel like it was something she should be quiet about.”

In fact, Dawn spoke publicly about her heart disease, carrying Lily with her everywhere she went. Dawn and Lily participated in the 2004 WomenHeart White Blouse campaign to raise awareness about women’s heart disease. By age seven, Lily began giving her own public speaking engagements.

Lily delivered her first speech before a crowd of 700 people at the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball.

“It became something I was proud of,” Lily said. “I would have an echocardiogram and then come in with a little picture of it and show my classmates when I was in second grade. And to this day I speak to my [high] school about it.”

Dawn and Lily’s efforts even helped to create the nationally recognized Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Day, which coincides with Valentine’s Day.

 

On working with WomenHeart

Dawn says, with WomenHeart, “You’re not alone as you feel and get to discover your unique skills when it comes to advocacy.” She’s thankful for her experience at the 2012 S& L, where she made friends with other heart disease survivors and advocates who all have different skillsets.

“We all found a place that we can fit, and it was so empowering,” says Dawn. “WomenHeart really helps us help people, and that helps your journey.”

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A Note from Mary- February 2018

Posted By WomenHeart, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
MaryIt was the first day of Heart Month, a few weeks ago, when I was home on a Thursday night and decided to watch television. Grey’s Anatomy, in particular, was creating a buzz; I hadn’t watched in a while, but friends and colleagues insisted I had to watch tonight.

As I curled up to watch, I was struck by the accuracy and realistic nature of the scenes unfolding before my eyes. I found myself talking to the television in solidarity with television doctor Miranda Bailey, who suffered a heart attack and described her symptoms to doctors, only to be discredited and referred to a psychologist instead of a cardiologist. My blood boiled for all the women—including some of our 850 WomenHeart Champions nationwide—who have faced the same discrimination, experienced the same encounters.

Upon researching this episode, I was amazed to learn that it’s the real-life story of one of the Grey’s Anatomy writers, Elisabeth Finch, who bravely used her own experience to fuel this story line.

And we see it all too often—women who are ignored or labeled dramatic or know-it-alls when they come in with what we are now learning are heart attack symptoms in women. But we don’t often see this portrayed on television, which contributes to a general lack of understanding among women about what their symptoms may look like.

CNN recently shared insight on this issue, quoting our renowned expert and longtime WomenHeart ally Dr. Nanette Wenger: “In the earlier years, even the basic research was done on male animals. It was cheaper.” Dr. Wenger also explained that men often developed heart attacks at younger ages, which left women in this realm where supposedly it didn’t really affect them. “[Men] were at the peak of their careers. They were visible. They were in the workplace,” Dr. Wenger told CNN, adding that women “were not paid much attention to.”

The same CNN piece, published a couple weeks ago on Valentine’s Day, quotes our esteemed Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Nieca Goldberg, who understands the dilemma women face when they arrive in hospital emergency rooms or doctor’s offices  with symptoms. From early on in her career, Dr. Goldberg found herself seeing women patients whom she suspected suffered a heart attack while her colleagues told the same woman she was “likely "stressed out and needed a vacation.”  

But a recent Healthline article reports that doctors miss heart attack symptoms in women 50 percent of the time. How can this be possible when there are nearly 48 million women living with or at risk of heart disease? We need to do a better job of educating ourselves, our sisters, and our friends on what heart disease looks like in women.

CNN reported that nearly half of women observed in a recent study did not fit the classic heart attack symptoms, but instead, experienced symptoms we often hear women complain of during heart attacks: nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, back pain, neck pain, and arm pain.

It’s long overdue, and time to start listening to women and understanding what heart disease looks like in half the population. Our nation can no longer accept the fact that women are incurring more muscle damage to their hearts due to misdiagnoses. Know your family history, get your heart screened and learn your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index are key).

Taking charge of your heart health through diet, exercise, and proactive conversations with your doctor can be key to stopping the number one killer of women.

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Healing After Heart Disease: How One Woman is Giving Back

Posted By Talia Schmidt, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
WomenHeart offers social and emotional support services in all shapes and sizes. We try to make it as simple as possible to connect you with other women who get it.
 
One of the ways we do this is through our Virtual Support Network—a peer-led group that meets online once a month to offer support and guidance to women with heart disease. It’s easy to connect online: www.supportgroupscentral.com/womenheart.
 
The support forums are led by WomenHeart Champions—women like you—busy, successful women who live in small towns and big cities, balancing work and family, hoping to find others who have lived through their heart disease experiences. Research and recent news indicates that women who experience close friendships better protect themselves from high blood pressure, worsening of heart disease, and repeat heart attacks.
 
WomenHeart Champion Ree Laughlin understands the power of social and emotional support to help combat social isolation. By leading these groups together with her partner in crime, Pam Lessley, they can hear and see the impact of sharing stories, educational resources, and support.

 

Healing After Heart Disease: How One Woman is Giving Back 

Meet Ree Laughlin, a 9th generation Texan who’s retired in Boerne—about 45 miles North of San Antonio—joined WomenHeart in 2011, a year after she had open heart surgery. She had a difficult recovery period, in which she says the Virtual Support Network would have been a godsend. Diagnosed in her 30s with an aortic valve stenosis, Ree visited the cardiologist every few months. She says she was always healthy and monitored it closely.

But in 2010, coming home from a family vacation in Oregon, Ree became uncommonly winded running between gates at the airport. “It’s a 55-minute flight from Dallas back home, and it took me the duration of that to catch my breath,” Ree says. “I’ve learned how to slow my breath so people don’t realize I’m totally out of breath. The next night, I was in the hospital.” 

 

The side effects no one talks about

After surgery and recovery, Ree says she was in a different world. With a 10-inch scar down her chest, she didn’t recognize herself anymore.

She recalls one commonly-overlooked experience she experienced as a woman: “They gave me a three-ring binder when I was released from the hospital, but it didn’t include how to find a bra without any underwire that would rub or pinch my scar.”

She found a local psychologist who was able to help. The support she received from other women helped the most. “It was all those post-surgery things where WomenHeart really helped a lot,” Ree says. “Hearing all those other stories helped so much.”

 

The gift of giving back

She’s giving back now by leading virtual support networks once a month to women whose situation she is all too familiar with. “It’s such a gift to have this opportunity,” says Ree. “If that had been me, home from the hospital, confused and having panic attacks, I really could have used it.” Ree meets informally with other heart disease survivors and continues to serve as a WomenHeart Champion. “I don’t want to be defined by my heart disease. I see it as an opportunity to help others.”

 
 

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WomenHeart Convenes Experts to Address Critical Issues

Posted By Susan Campbell, Friday, July 10, 2015

A central element of WomenHeart's mission is to help develop recommendations, solutions and action steps on critical issues that affect women living with heart disease. We have recently unveiled the Key Opinion Leaders or KOL workshops, a new process to insuring that our materials reflect the most comprehensive, up-to-date and relevant thinking available.

WomenHeart's Key Opinion Leaders or KOL workshops bring together patients, providers, advocates, and researchers to evaluate findings,  evidence and anecdotes on a specific topic. This half day meeting allows participants to learn from professionals and WomenHeart Champions regarding their knowledge about a certain subject of great importance to patients. Armed with examples and facts about current challenges facing women living with heart disease, meeting goers break into small groups to thoroughly discuss issues in need of closer scrutiny and to collaboratively work with one another.

Each of the work groups has a moderator and a scribe. The discussions are guided by an outline which must be completed within the allotted time. The group's task is to completely reach consensus on the following: issues to address, potential solutions, and recommendations. Following a productive discussion and strategy session, the groups reconvene to report their commendations.

Our first and second KOL workshops focused respectively on heart failure, and cholesterol/familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The recommendations developed by the Key Opinion Leaders were translated into action steps for Congress and advocates, and were quite useful in shaping our policy agenda.

We are pleased with the outcome of our KOL workshops and confident that the process will continue to demonstrate WomenHeart's expertise and value as an educator, advocate and supporter of women living with heart disease. We look forward to more KOL workshops in the future.  

 

 Susan M. Campbell, MPH, is the Vice President of Public Policy at WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease 

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View from the top: the CEO's vison for WomenHeart

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 19, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015

Welcome to the WomenHeart Blog! As this is our first blog post, I thought it was fitting to share my ideas of where I want to lead this organization, now and in the future.

As the CEO of WomenHeart, I am proud to lead the nation’s premier organization dedicated to empowering and advocating for women who are living with or are at risk of heart disease. Heart disease, as you know, is the number one killer of women in the United States. And so many more women are living with heart disease, and need our support.

My vision for WomenHeart is to reach, support, and advocate for every woman in America as they take charge of their heart health.  One of my key priorities is for the organization to meet the needs of underserved and high-risk communities, including African-American, Hispanic, Native American women and women living in poverty.  We are also partnering with the Veterans Administration Hospital system through our National Hospital Alliance to engage thousands of women veterans who have served our nation.    

WomenHeart’s role in influencing scientific research and the public policy agenda on women’s heart health is expanding. As a direct result of our efforts, more women are being enrolled in cardiovascular research and clinical trials. You’ll see us in Congress, advocating for legislation and policy that will impact women and their heart health. Later this year, we will convene the first National Policy & Science Summit on Women’s Cardiovascular Health. 

These are some of the many important projects and initiatives we have taken on.  I invite you to support WomenHeart in its work to help women living with heart disease. Being informed about the issues and work ahead is a step in that direction.  I hope you’ll subscribe to this blog to receive regular updates and insights from WomenHeart’s leaders. 

Thanks for reading.  

Mary McGowan

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