It’s the leading cause of death for women in the United States, affecting one in every four women. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) wants women to be aware of the dangers of heart disease and learn how to prevent it. She believes educating constituents during National Heart Month is the first step, which is why she held a news conference at Mount Sinai Medical Center, one of the top institutes in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases in South Florida.
Joining her at the news conference were Dr. Gervasio Lamas, the chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute, and two heart disease patients, Judith Anton and Elizabeth Cooper. Anton, a retired school principal, suffered her first silent heart attack at the age of 57. Cooper is the mother of two young children and was born with a congenital heart disease. She had her most recent open-heart surgery last summer when she was 38 years old.
As a breast cancer survivor, Rep. Wasserman Schultz has been a strong advocate for educating women about the importance of getting regular medical checkups and screenings. She recently signed onto the “Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research, and Treatment for Women Act” (H.R. 3526).