In 2010, SCAI WIN helped launch a patient screening program in conjunction with the Abbott Vascular Women’s Heart Health Initiative. The pilot project enrolled sites across the United States, where OBGYN patients were screened for cardiovascular risk factors or disease. From January 2010 to January 2012, 2,234 women (47 percent of whom were postmenopausal) were asked to complete a simple, one-page survey regarding traditional and gestational heart disease risk factors and any current symptoms. Blood pressure readings were taken in all patients with no prior screening. The results from the pilot study were presented yesterday during ACC ’12 by Dr. Jennifer Yu of Mt Sinai University Hospital. WIN hopes to use the momentum of these results to build a PDA app, allowing OBGYN physicians to perform simple but often overlooked cardiovascular disease screenings and increase the referral pathway to cardiologists.
To read the ACC’s press release regarding the study click HERE.