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The Women’s Heart Alliance Surveys Show Need for Increased Awareness to Fight Women’s Heart Disease

ORLANDO, FL (November 10, 2015) – The Women’s Heart Alliance survey data showcased at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions demonstrates the need for a national campaign to boost awareness about women’s heart disease, among both physicians and women at risk. Scientific advisors to the Women’s Heart Alliance, Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center presented two abstracts that highlighted significant knowledge gaps that exist about heart disease …

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Women’s Heart Alliance Calls on Congress and NIH to Act on New GAO Report

October 23, 2015 – The Women’s Heart Alliance is calling upon Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to act upon a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that finds stronger steps should be taken to understand the impact of sex and gender on disease in NIH-funded clinical research trials. When medical research, analysis and reporting takes into account differences between men and women, new findings translate into better diagnosis and treatment for women. Today’s GAO report finds that, despite the 1993 NIH Revitalization Act’s mandate that women and minorities be represented in NIH-funded clinical trials, sex and gender …

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy Calls Upon Young Women to Combat Cardiovascular Disease, The Number One Killer of Women

Dr. Murthy issues call to action at the launch of a partnership between Women’s Heart Alliance and Clinton Health Matters Initiative Barbra Streisand, who co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance with Ronald O. Perelman, calls on young women to stop viewing heart disease as ‘an old man’s problem’ and to fight for gender equality in women’s heart health Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General, today urged Cal State LA students to take action against cardiovascular disease (CVD), which claims nearly 400,000 women’s lives each year, making it the number one killer of women. Dr. Murthy participated in a …

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Clinton Health Matters Initiative, The Women’s Heart Alliance & California State University, Los Angeles Host Codeathon Focused on Women’s Heart Health

Los Angeles – The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is co-hosting the “Fight the Ladykiller” Codeathon with The Women’s Heart Alliance and Cal State LA October 2-4, 2015. This event will challenge college student developers and designers to build original and innovative prototypes of an app geared toward helping young women decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Industry leaders from the tech, design, and health fields will mentor participants and select the winning prototype after each team presents its ideas at the close of the event. The winning team will have an opportunity to …

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Barbra Streisand Visits Washington; Asks Lawmakers and Administration Officials to Prioritize Fight Against Women’s Heart Disease

Heart disease is the largest killer of women in the U.S. and worldwide, claiming a woman’s life every minute WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2015) – Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), will visit with senior members of Congress and top Administration officials today in Washington to advocate for awareness and action around the women’s heart health epidemic, which kills a woman every minute and nearly 400,000 women each year in the United States. Ms. Streisand, a passionate advocate for gender equality, will push Congress and the federal agencies for increased medical research funding for women’s heart disease; greater …

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Barbra Streisand Wages Battle for Women’s Hearts and Lives at Women in the World Summit

NEW YORK (April 23, 2015) – Speaking at the Women in the World Summit today, Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), detailed her commitment to eliminate heart disease in women and the grave gender disparities in how the disease is researched, funded and treated in women. The panel discussion, titled, “The Ladykiller” focused on the need to ignite a conversation and spur action on women’s heart health, as heart disease kills a woman each and every minute in the U.S. “We need to focus people’s minds on the battle for women’s hearts and lives,” said Ms. Streisand. …

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Barbra Streisand Hosts Tea to Inspire Hollywood Stars to Advocate for Women’s Heart Health

LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2015) – Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), hosted a diverse group of celebrities, including Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, Golden Globe nominee Virginia Madsen, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sarah Chalke, Fran Drescher, Amanda Crew, Josh Brener, Danielle Panabaker, Carly Pope and Jimmy O. Yang, at an intimate celebrity tea at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills Monday to encourage Hollywood elites to lend their strong voices to the fight against women’s heart disease. Ms. Streisand, who became involved in advocating for women’s heart health after learning about the medical …

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Barbra Streisand Joins Women in the World

March 31, 2015 – Barbra Streisand will be joining the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on the afternoon of Thursday, April 23rd. The award-winning actress and singer will be discussing her personal quest to end heart disease — the number one killer of women, through a national awareness campaign she launched with Ronald O. Perelman called #FighttheLadykiller. Ms. Streisand will be joined by Dr. Holly Andersen, the Director of Education and Outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of New York-­-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in a conversation moderated by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, the senior medical contributor to …

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Women’s Heart Alliance Announces First Strategic Partnership with the Clinton Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 26, 2015) — To bring increased attention to the number one killer of women, the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) has announced the creation of a powerful heart disease awareness campaign, to be conducted in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI). The outline of the new campaign, which will launch in 2015, was announced at the Clinton Foundation’s Fourth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit. British A. Robinson, CEO of the WHA, and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz, Scientific Advisor to WHA and Director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, announced a …

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Barbra Streisand & Ronald O. Perelman Announce New Effort To Fight The Ladykiller, A Campaign Of The Women’s Heart Alliance

Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center lead the effort New survey data and PSA with Jennifer Hudson also unveiled. NEW YORK (November 12, 2014) — Today, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman rolled out a new campaign, Fight the Ladykiller, to tackle the number one killer of women—heart disease. The campaign is an effort of the newly formed Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), founded by Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman and two of America’s leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai …

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Jennifer Hudson Joins The Women’s Heart Alliance To Fight Women’s Number One Killer—Heart Disease

New PSA encourages women & those who love them to #FightTheLadykiller NEW YORK (November 12, 2014) — A powerful new PSA released by the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) and its new campaign, Fight the Ladykiller, features Academy and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson urging women to fight heart disease by understanding their risk and getting their hearts checked (#getHeartChecked). The PSA comes as a new survey from the WHA shows that women are not talking about the disease or making a personal connection to it. The PSA premiered in front of a live audience in New York City at a …