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Mayor Megan Barry and the Women’s Heart Alliance Launch Effort to Improve Heart Health of Metro Workforce

For Immediate Release Program is a component of WHA’s Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative aimed at reducing deaths among women in Nashville from heart disease and stroke NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 21, 2017)  – With more women dying from heart disease and stroke in Nashville than all cancers combined, Mayor Megan Barry and the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) unveiled WHA’s Cities and Communities with Heart Workforce Initiative with the goal of improving the heart health of female municipal workers. Employees from the Mayor’s Office and three Metro departments participated in heart health screenings Wednesday at First Tennessee Park. The goal of the screenings …

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Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative Nashville Launches New Program To Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Factors Among Local Nurses

Caring for the Caregiver will make heart screenings and prevention efforts available to local nurses NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Cities and Communities Heart Initiative Nashville (CCHI Nashville) today announced the launch of Caring for the Caregiver, a program to improve cardiovascular health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors among nurses in Nashville’s hospitals and health systems. Program partners TriStar Health, an HCA affiliate, and Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, have kicked off screening and prevention programs across their facilities. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute will follow later in the year. In Davidson County, …

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Country Music Superstar Martina Mcbride Joins Mayor Megan Barry & Women’s Heart Alliance to Stop Heart Disease and Stroke Among Women in Nashville

The Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative Nashville brings the community together to stop the #1 killer of women Nashville, Tenn. – Today, the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and country music superstar Martina McBride announced the Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative (CCHI) Nashville, a collaborative, multi-year effort to stop women in Nashville from needlessly suffering and dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD). CCHI Nashville is a first-of-its-kind effort to harness the diversity and energy of the Nashville community to make a broad impact on heart disease and stroke among its women. Led by WHA—a national non-profit …

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Women’s Heart Alliance Co-Founder Barbra Streisand: Key Provisions in 21st Century Cures Act a Step Forward for Women and Heart Disease

WASHINGTON, DC (December 7, 2016) – Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance, released the following statement today regarding passage of the 21st Century Cures Act: “Since our founding in 2014, the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) has worked to change clinical and medical research practices so that women are equally represented in the lab and the clinic. Sex is a biological variable that matters when it comes to heart disease and stroke, which are the number one killers of women. Our ability to analyze sex differences in biomedical research is critical to advancing medical innovation, ensuring sex and gender …

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Ohio State University and Women’s Heart Alliance Partner to Boost Student Awareness of Women’s Leading Killers, Heart Disease and Stroke

“Heart Healthy, Buckeye Strong” includes heart health screenings, a performance from the Ohio State Marching Band and a Scarlet-out during the Ohio State-Northwestern football game COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 28, 2016) — The Ohio State University is holding several events this weekend and in November to educate and empower young women about their number one killers—heart disease and stroke—as a part of its new partnership with the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA). The unique collaboration between Ohio State and WHA educates young women about heart disease, its toll on women and its risk factors and encourages healthy behaviors and regular heart screenings. …

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Barbra Streisand Urges Female Executives to Fight The Ladykiller

The Women’s Heart Alliance co-founder spoke today at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (October 18, 2016) – Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), addressed Fortune’s 18th annual Most Powerful Women Summit today and called on female executives to come together to encourage women to get educated, get screened, and get talking to their loved ones about heart disease and stroke, women’s number one killer.[i] “I can’t stand any kind of gender discrimination. When it comes to heart disease, women aren’t getting the same chance in life, literally,” Streisand said. “Too many women – our …

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Mars Symbioscience and Women’s Heart Alliance Partner for Better Heart Health

Partnership will help WHA reach and educate more women to take action Germantown, Md. (October 5, 2016) – Mars Symbioscience and its CocoaVia® brand have joined together with Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) on its mission to improve heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease among women in the United States. As a Platinum sponsor of WHA, Mars Symbioscience and the CocoaVia® brand are making an investment in raising awareness and activating women and communities around the country to take steps toward living heart-healthy lives. “At Mars Symbioscience, our mission is to translate science into products that have a positive impact on …

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Women’s Heart Alliance Reaction Statement on Slowing Decline in Heart Disease Death Rates

Washington, DC (June 30, 2016) —British A. Robinson, CEO of the Women’s Heart Alliance, issued the following statement today in response to a new study in JAMA Cardiology showing the decline in death rates for heart disease is slowing. Ms. Robinson highlights what the new study means for women in particular:“Though there have been significant medical advances in the last several decades to help prevent heart disease, it remains the number one killer of women in the United States. This latest study underscores the need to join forces across all sectors and double down on efforts to ensure women have the tools …

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The Ohio State University and the Women’s Heart Alliance Team Up to Fight Women’s Number One Killer, Heart Disease

Columbus, Ohio – Today, The Ohio State University and the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) launched a new partnership to address women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women, by screening and educating college-aged women about the risks of heart disease and key steps for preventing the disease. Ohio State will support WHA’s efforts to collect and analyze survey data to learn more about young women and heart disease. Known as a “silent killer,” cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates and the prevalence of CVD risk factors are increasing the fastest among young women, especially African American and Latina women. And death …

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Barbra Streisand Encourages Senate Bill Passage to Fuel Innovation and Disease Prevention, Treatment and Cures

WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2016) – Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance, sent a letter to all U.S. Senators this week to encourage swift passage of the Advancing NIH Strategic Planning and Representation in Medical Research Act (S. 2745). The bipartisan legislation will lead to more prevention options, better treatment outcomes and, ultimately, cures for both women and men through strengthened analysis of and reporting on sex and gender differences in medical research. The full letter follows: Dear Senator: On the heels of National Women’s Health Week, we urge the full Senate to swiftly pass the Advancing NIH …

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New Scientific Statement on Female Heart Attacks Underscores WHA’s Mission to Arm Women Against Heart Disease, Their Number One Killer

WASHINGTON, DC (January 26, 2016) – Following are statements from Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) scientific and medical advisors in response to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) first-ever scientific statement addressing the distinct differences between heart attacks in men and women: “We continue to lose a woman every 90 seconds to heart disease,” said Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, Scientific Advisor to the Women’s Heart Alliance and Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. “And although death rates from the disease have declined rapidly among older women, they have been virtually stagnant in young women over …

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The Women’s Heart Alliance Surveys Show Need for Increased Awareness to Fight Women’s Heart Disease

ORLANDO, FL (November 10, 2015) – The Women’s Heart Alliance survey data showcased at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions demonstrates the need for a national campaign to boost awareness about women’s heart disease, among both physicians and women at risk. Scientific advisors to the Women’s Heart Alliance, Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center presented two abstracts that highlighted significant knowledge gaps that exist about heart disease …