You may know that nearly 300,000 women have heart attacks each year in the U.S., but did you know that whats in a woman's handbag - the one item she never leaves home without - may help save her life?
Handbags & Hearts, a national campaign from Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer® Aspirin and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and encourage women to carry aspirin with them at all times. When taken during heart attack as directed by a doctor and for 30 days thereafter, aspirin can reduce the risk of death by 23 percent and lessen a heart attacks damaging effects to the heart muscle. Yet, of the 61 percent of women surveyed who think they are at risk for heart attack, less than one-quarter said they carry aspirin in their handbag.
Dr. Stevens, MD, Board Certified Cardiologist, will help women learn the signs and symptoms of heart attack, which are often different for them, and what to do in the moment if they suspect a heart attack, including calling 911 and crushing or chewing aspirin as directed by a doctor.
Women are encouraged to visit HandbagsAndHearts.com to learn more. As part of Bayer HealthCares continued support of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, they are providing them with a donation of $100,000. During the month of May, for every woman who spreads the message by going to the website and sharing information, Bayer HealthCare will make an additional donation ($1 for Like and $2 for Share) to WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, for up to a total of $50,000.
MORE ABOUT TRACY STEVENS, MD: Tracy L. Stevens, M.D. is a Board Certified Cardiologist with Saint Lukes Cardiovascular Consultants and is on staff at Saint Lukes Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the Julia Irene Kauffman Endowed Chair for Womens Cardiovascular Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her Cardiology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, where she was also the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Research Fellow. Dr. Stevens was awarded the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Achievement Award in Cardiovascular Disease, as well as the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Donald C. Balfour Award for Meritorious Research. Dr. Stevens is the Medical Director of the Saint Lukes Mid America Heart Institutes Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center, recognized as the first womens heart center of its kind in the United States and recipient of the Inaugural Womans Day Red Dress Award. Dr. Stevens has been recognized as a pioneer in promoting womens cardiovascular health at two White House events, including the proclamation signing by President George W. and Mrs. Laura Bush in support of the Heart Truth Campaign. Dr. Stevens is the recipient of the WomenHeart Wenger Award for her contributions to womens heart health. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for WomenHeart, is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and serves on the Heart Health Advisory Board for Woman's Day.
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