There has been very good news recently regarding the lowering of the death rate of heart disease.
However, it is still the number one killer of women worldwide; in fact, it is still the number one killer of all diseases! So while we have made incredible advances in knowledge of how to treat heart disease we have not done a great job in prevention.
Which is so interesting! We know more about prevention than ever before yet people are just not doing it! So what to do?
Well, my organization, the Sister to Sister Foundation (www.sistertosister.org) , along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have created a wellness program on our web-site called Smart for the Heart. We are already reaching over twenty thousand women a month but our goal is way larger. This is a way for anyone, anywhere in the world, get to know their risk, learn what to do about it and then follow up with the latest knowledge.
And, we are currently working on making it as much fun as our health fairs. Also, some surprises! I can’t tell you about the latest idea but I guarantee it is fun. I will tell you that it is not new to Sister to Sister but “she” may surface in another way!
We have added some new partners that we are quite proud of. I may have told you about Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem which is fantastic. Already within a few months they have screened hundreds of women and over five hundred Arab women! We are very proud of that!
Other new partners are Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center with Dr. Roger Blumenthal who I have worked with for over eight years; and Cedars Sinai Women’s Heart Center with Dr. Noel Bairey-Merz, also someone I have worked with for the same period.
I am so proud that we have these outstanding partners as we move forward on increasing prevention of heart disease.