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Cedars-Sinai Goes Red for Women's Heart Health

The 2018 Wear Red group photo

The 13th annual Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Day recently attracted hundreds of healthcare professionals, employees and volunteers who made a collective red-themed fashion statement to help raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.

Denise Dador, health reporter for ABC 7 News, hosted the Feb. 2 event, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments and wellness stations for attendees. She also moderated a panel discussion with physicians about recent medical discoveries in women's heart health.

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, identified positive trends regarding women's heart health, but said much more needs to be done. Cardiovascular disease kills one woman approximately every 80 seconds in the U.S.

"We're on a pretty good roll, but is that good enough?" said Bairey Merz. "Women have a longer lifespan, and women tend to have these problems later on in life, so we still have a fair amount of work to do. In particular, we have to be working on these relatively young women because they're under the radar screen."

Florian Radar, MD, co-director of the Clinic for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Aortopathies, shared recent updates to high blood pressure guidelines. He noted that lower systolic blood pressure goals were likely to improve outcomes, especially in high-risk patients.

Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, presented on menopause updates and how hormone therapy affects the heart. Margareta Pisarska, MD, director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, stressed the importance of seeking care for fertility issues because they often point to underlying problems.

"Know that we're here for you, know that your Heart Institute and your Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center are not only taking care of you. we're asking you to walk the walk and talk the talk," Bairey Merz said. "Know that we're strong advocates at our institutional level, our state level and our national level because we don't leave anything to chance."

To learn more about the services offered at the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center, visit the website.