OBGYN Screening Efforts Receive Ongoing Media Attention

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SCAI WIN/Abbott’s OBGYN Screening Project – Press Release from ACC ’12

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.

***UPDATE*** The press release on this abstract was picked up by over 30 different publications including Good Morning America Yahoo! News and MSN Health & Fitness

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Small Baby Increases Mother’s Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease

Strengthening the link between pregnancy and heart disease, a new study reveals that mothers of babies who are born small for their gestational age (at full term, under 5lbs 8oz) double their chances of ischemic heart disease later in life. This link is in addition to the recent news that women who had complications during their pregnancies are at a 30% increased risk of heart disease. It also adds to WIN’s efforts to promote heart disease awareness amongst the OBGYN community through a patient screening project designed to improve the referral pathway between gynocologists and cardiologists (Abstract results will be presented at this year’s ACC Congress). There is now, in fact, an entire congress devoted to the link between cardiovascular disease and pregnancy. As WIN continues to explore this issue, we hope to develop new projects designed to help understand this growing field of interest.

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Women More Likely to Survive Heart Failure Than Men

A new individual patient meta analysis study reveals that women have better heart failure survival rates than men, independent of ejection fraction. The study’s lead author suggests that perhaps the female heart is stronger than the male heart, speculating that women may be born with stronger hearts, or that perhaps pregnancy strengthens the heart. Regardless, this is a piece of rare positive news related to heart disease in women. To read further details from the study on TheHeart.org click HERE.

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Heart Disease Rates in Japan Drop to 50 Year Low

Amidst the waves of bad news related to women and heart disease, a new nation-wide survey indicated that heart disease rates are on the decline in Japan. The survey, conducted every 5 years by the Japanese Ministry of Health, gathers data related to heart disease, cancer and stroke throughout the country. This year’s survey results showed a significant drop in the rates of each disease since 1960, when the ministry began collecting survey data.

Public health efforts are believed to have contributed to the recent drop in heart disease in Japan, but the country has long been known for having one of the lowest heart disease rates in the world. One study believes it may be due to their fish-heavy diets. Whatever the reason, the Japanese should be looked to as an example for how to lead heart healthy lives.


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