"Strengthening the Heart of Georgia" Ready to Change Life for Women

Living in Georgia

First time program will empower women in Georgia to take charge of

their heart health, and provide support to women living with heart


What: Strengthening the Heart of Georgia - the first state-wide

program in Georgia to train women heart disease survivors to be

community educators and to lead support networks for women living with

heart disease. These volunteer WomenHeart Champions will return to

their communities to educate women about heart health.

The three-day WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, where the

Georgia women will be trained, includes a stellar faculty of

nationally recognized experts in women's cardiovascular disease and

heart health, drawn primarily from Georgia's leading medical and

teaching institutions, including:

Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC, MACP, FAHA, Emory University School of

Medicine, nationally recognized pioneer in women's heart health

Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, Founder of the

WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic

Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center

Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center

Susmita Parashar, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center

Elizabeth Ofili, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine

Michael C. McDaniel, MD, Emory Heart and Vascular Center

Irma Walker, Program Manager, Hispanic Health Coalition

Omar Guessos, MPH, Epidemiologist, Georgia Dept. of Public Health

When/Where: Friday, February 17- Monday, February 20, 2012 Emory

Conference Center Hotel 1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30329

Phone: 404-712-6000

Key Media Opportunities:

-- Friday, February 17, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Opening Dinner, featuring

presentations by Nanette Wenger, MD, Emory; Sharonne Hayes, MD, Mayo

Clinic; Carol Allred, President, Board of Directors, WomenHeart; and

Lisa Tate, CEO, WomenHeart

-- Saturday, February 18th

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Panel: "Living Well with Heart Disease," featuring Ijeoma Isiadinso, MD, Emory; Elizabeth Ofili, MD, Morehouse; Linda Maschek, RD, Berkeley Heart Labs, and Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center.

Interviews from 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

"The Heart-Mind Connection: Mental Health & Heart Disease,"

Sharonne Hayes, MD, Mayo Clinic

Interviews during lunch from 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m."Preventing and Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease Among Women,"Gina Lundberg, MD, St. Joseph's Heart Center

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m."The Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women,"Susmita Parashar, MD, Emory Women's Heart Center

-- Monday, February 20th

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Closing Remarks, featuring Morgan Kendrick, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Lisa Tate, CEO, WomenHeart.

Audio/Visuals: Speak with some of the nation's leading cardiovascular

minds. Talk with heart disease survivors and current WomenHeart

Champions about their personal experiences and how this program has

changed and will change their life.

Why: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, and

women in Georgia die at a rate of 387/100,000 -- 9% higher than the

national average (1). But this new program - sponsored by WomenHeart:

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease -- is coming to

Georgia in hopes of curbing that trend - with women heart patients

themselves at the forefront of the movement. The program is supported

by a generous grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia

(BCBSGa) Foundation.

Currently, many women in Georgia are at significant risk of developing

heart disease. Twenty-seven percent have high blood pressure, 47

percent have high cholesterol, 19 percent report smoking, 27 percent

are obese, and 60 percent are physically inactive (2).

Strengthening the Heart of Georgia is modeled after the nationally

renowned WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium held at Mayo Clinic

(Rochester, MN) and sponsored by WomenHeart, which has since 2002

trained 555 WomenHeart Champions and established 100 WomenHeart

Support Networks throughout the country. In Georgia, WomenHeart has

teamed with the BCBSGa Foundation to bring the Strengthening the Heart

of Georgia program to the state.

National and state and local organizations are working in partnership

with WomenHeart and the BCBSGa Foundation to implement this

initiative, including Grady Memorial Hospital, Cardiovascular Health

Initiative of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Piedmont

Hospital, Association of Black Cardiologists, Center for Black Women's

Wellness, Georgia Association of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation,

Morehouse School of Medicine, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses

Association, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Saint Joseph's Heart Center for

Women, and Wellstar Cardiac Wellness and Rehabilitation.

(1) Centers for Disease Control, Heart Disease and Women Mortality

Rates, 2007.

(2) Progress towards Healthy People 2010 Objectives, Georgia,

2002-2007. Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Georgia

Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health.

Contact: Lisa Clough; phone: 202.464.8734; email:

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 7, 2012/

SOURCE WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease

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