September 29 marks World Heart Day. The focus for 2012 is on women, children and heart disease. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes one in three female deaths and 1 million babies are born annually worldwide with a congenital heart defect. Putting the spotlight on these vulnerable populations is more crucial than ever.
In order to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart® initiative has teamed up with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth® Campaign, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts™ initiative, and healthfinder.gov for a special women’s heart health Twitter Chat. During the chat, the experts listed below will be on hand to discuss heart health, dispel myths and answer questions from participants joining the conversation from across the world.
- @CardioSmart: Dr. Joanne Foody, Medical Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cardiovascular Wellness Service and Editor of CardioSmart®
- @TheHeartTruth: Dr. Ann Taubenheim, Director, The Heart Truth® Campaign, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- @MillionHeartsUS: Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director, Million Hearts™
- @healthfinder: Dr. Don Wright, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
We invite you to participate in the Heart Chat on Sept. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.