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Streisand Endows Women's Heart Center Program
$5 Million Gift Supports Women's Cardiovascular Research & Education

The Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai has been created with a philanthropic gift of $5 million from Barbra Streisand.

"Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women," says Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute director. "It kills nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. each year, more than all cancers combined. The medical system has failed to recognize female-pattern heart attack symptoms; current testing and treatments are geared toward male physiology."

Streisand, who has contributed to women's health programs through the Streisand Foundation since 1986, explained: "Women need to be educated about female cardiovascular disease, and the medical community must be propelled toward change. Just like with breast cancer, the impetus must come from women themselves striving to become empowered to reduce their risks for heart disease."

Streisand's endowment will provide permanent funding for research and education at the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center, which will empower women with vital information about female cardiovascular disease and raise awareness of the disease within the medical community. It will expand current and future research efforts and create breakthrough diagnostics, treatments and technologies. It will facilitate better understanding of gender differences in heart disease, with the aim of improving treatment options for women at risk for, or suffering from heart disease.

The endowment supports the work of C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., director of the Women's Heart Center and holder of the Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health.

"It must become a top priority on the national medical agenda to make testing, diagnosis and treatments more relevant to female physiology. We are thrilled Ms. Streisand has chosen to make women's heart health a priority of her philanthropic giving," said Dr. Bairey Merz. "As an endowment, funding for the dissemination of education -- both among women and within the medical community -- and research into relevant testing and treatments can continue, not just for the immediate future, but for generations to come."