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  April 30, 2008 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600


Participation provided at the request of and as a courtesy to the ACC/AHA Review Committee

TRENTON, NJ - The Women's Heart Foundation was recently asked to provide comment to the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association 2008 Guidelines for Prevention of Heart Disease in Women. The confidential report covers many areas of women's health and early intervention. It is the first time ever that the Women's Heart Foundation has been invited to contribute to guidelines at a national level.

The Women's Heart Foundation advisors who consulted and contributed to the review of the 60-page document are:

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Robert T. Faillace, MD, FACP, FACC, Director of the Women's Heart Center at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ;

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Barbara H. Roberts, MD, FACC, Director of the Women's Heart Center at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island; and

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Jan Weber, MD, FACC, Director of Cardiology, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, NJ.

"The Women's Heart Foundation is honored to have been a part of the process", said Bonnie Arkus, executive director and founder. "In spite of a national awareness movement, women continue to suffer poorer outcomes. Since 1980, the death rate for women from heart disease has gone up in younger women aged 35-54. This is alarming. More must be done to analyze contributing factors to this disease in younger women and look at ways we can institute change to lower women's risk," she said.

The Women's Heart Foundation (WHF) stresses the fact that heart disease is not just a man's disease and that women experience heart disease differently. WHF began an awareness movement in 1989 and in 2003, it started The Gender Care Initiative® by conducting a series of medical conferences to promote best care models for women, with the end goal of having the information inscribed into medical textbooks. The WHF has made the conference series available to nurses online with free continuing education credits, under its "Health Professionals" section of its website. For more information, go to www.womensheart.org.

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