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APHA urges focus on heart disease, women.

Improved education and awareness efforts could help millions of American women living with heart disease or stroke, APHA advocated in a March letter to members of Congress.

Initiated by Women-Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the letter calls on policy-makers to support the Heart for Women Act, also known as H.R. 1032 in the House of Representatives and S. 422 in the Senate. The bill, which was introduced in February, would support programs that educate health care providers and women about the prevalence, warning signs and treatment of heart disease in women, and would provide funds for an awareness campaign targeted at older women. The legislation would also expand and improve screening for low-income women nationwide who are at risk for heart disease and stroke. The letter noted that while heart disease has decreased by more than 17 percent in men during the last 30 years, it has only dropped by 2.5 percent among women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. women.

Cardiovascular disease killed about 50,000 more women than men in 2004.
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Title Annotation:APHA ADVOCATES: Recent actions on public health by APHA
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:May 1, 2009
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