HEART for Women Act Reintroduced in Congress

The HEART for Women Act would expand eligibility for funding to all 50 states for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WISEWOMAN screening program for low-income and uninsured women. Currently the program is available in only 20 states. The bill would also educate both women and health care providers about the prevention and diagnosis of heart disease in women and the most effective treatments available. Finally, it would tighten Food and Drug Administration requirements for reporting sex and race-based data about new medicines and devices, ensuring that future treatments are suitable for all patients in need.

To read more, visit: http://www.independent.com/news/2011/dec/05/capps-reintroduces-heart-women-act/

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From TEDxWomen – Barbara Streisand and Dr. Noel Bairey Merz on Women and Heart Disease

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IVUS and Women – Join the Conversation

Join the conversation on LinkedIn regarding the latest news on IVUS and its particular relevance to female patients (see video below).

To join the WIN LinkedIn Group, click HERE.

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Niacin-Statin Combo Ineffective, NHLBI Halts AIM-HIGH Study

Results of the AIM-HIGH study, stopped by the NHLBI a year early in May, 2011, were presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL earlier this week. The study, which involved over 3,400 patients, showed that niacin, in combination with a cholesterol-lowering statin, didn’t lower the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular “event,” and actually slightly increased the risk of strokes in people with heart disease whose LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is under control.

One New England Journal of Medicine editorial suggests that niacin, used to reduce cholesterol since 1955, face retirement.

To read the full press release from AHA, click HERE.

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Medicare to Cover Heart Disease Counseling

In a covereage decision announced Tuesday of this week, Medicare will now pay for an “intensive behavioral therapy” session in a primary care physician’s office, where the doctor encourages aspirin use for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease for men ages 45 to 79 and women ages 55 to 79, and screens for high blood pressure in adults. The behavioral therapy also should include intensive behavioral counseling on the importance of a healthy diet for adults with hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and other risk factors for cardiovascular and diet-related chronic disease.

The coverage decision allows for only one reimbursable counseling session per year, and that session cannot take place in a hospital setting, which makes one wonder how effective this new service will be.

To read the full press release, click HERE.

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