Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act, H.R. 1014 (110)
In brief: A bipartisan bill to amend the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women.
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Heart disease is the number one killer of women. In previous decades, heart disease was thought of as a man's disease, but recent statistics show that women are equally affected by heart ailments. A recently released study indicates that women are more likely than men to die in the hospital from a severe heart attack and women are less likely to receive appropriate treatment for heart attacks. Why is this? Though great strides have been made, women have historically been omitted from clinical trials in heart disease treatments and medications. Since the myth that women are less likely to suffer a heart attack remains, they are often not given proper treatments when they arrive at the hospital during or after a heart attack.
A study by doctors at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found that women were less likely to
- Receive angioplasty within ninety minutes of hospital arrival
- Receive beta blockers
- Receive the required treatment to re-establish proper blood flow
The Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research and Treatment for Women Act would require the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to withhold approval of a drug, medical device, or biological product whose makers did not investigate safety and effectiveness across gender, racial, and ethnic lines. It also requires the creators of these products to release these findings to the scientific community and the general public for review. The HEART Act also provides funding for an educational campaign to address heart disease, stoke, and cardiovascular disease in women.
The bill was voted out of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 418-4, but did not reach the Senate floor for a vote before the end of the Congressional session.
American Heart Association's Heart for Women campaign takes aim at educating and advocating for the HEART for Women Act.
»Read more about the HEART Act and its global support.
»Find out why national health groups have endorsed the HEART for Women Act.