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Preventing Heart Disease in Women: An Agenda for Change

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. women and a major cause of disability. Diagnosis and management of heart disease have improved, but women have not experienced as great a decrease in death and disability as men.

Women receive fewer preventive services than are recommended. Why is that and what barriers do health care professionals face in providing women high quality cardiac care?

The Jacobs Institute took one of the first comprehensive looks into why women often receive poorer care for heart disease prevention in the Heart Report. It was the culmination of a two-year project by the Jacobs Institute examining barriers to improving care for heart disease prevention in women. The report details recommendations for improving women’s cardiovascular health andhighlights new findings from three research studies investigating the reasons why women receive inadequate care.

Speakers for the briefing included:

  • Sharonne Hayes, MD, Director, Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic
  • Carol Weisman, PhD, Professor of Health Evaluation Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State College of Medicine
  • Wanda Jones, DrPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women's Health, Department of Health & Human Services
  • Augustus Grant, MD, PhD, President, American Heart Association
  • Nancy Loving, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WomenHeart

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy American Heart Association President Augustus Grant

This event will be webcast by kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation and will be available at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/jacobs/9sep03 . Along with the webcast, a transcript, speaker bios, speaker presentations, and related resources are also available.

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