Much of medical research has focused on the ‘bikini approach‘ to women’s health: breasts and reproductive organs. And the University of Toronto’s Dr. Wendy Tsang’s studies on heart research has found that, although women comprise 53% of patients with cardiovascular disease, in clinical trials they represented only:
- 29% of subjects with coronary artery disease
- 25% with congestive heart disease
- 34% with cardiac arrhythmias
We need to change that. Women MUST get involved in cardiac research if we are to see improvements in diagnostics and treatment of our heart disease. As Dr. Niece Goldberg writes:
“When it comes to heart disease, women are not just small men.”
Please consider participating in heart research. For example:
♥ Are you over 50, work more than 35 hours a week, and willing to participate in cardiac research called Aging Workers with Heart Disease? Please contact Dr. Victoria Dickson at NYU: firstname.lastname@example.org
♥ Or are you a heart attack survivor (male or female) interested in participating in an online survey about why people wait so long even in mid-heart attack before seeking medical help? Find out more about this Yale University study.
♥ Or are you a survivor of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection? Find out more about participating in two new Mayo Clinic studies on SCAD.
♥ Or are you a male or female adult who has survived a heart attack within the past six months, or who has undergone or is scheduled for CABG (bypass surgery) and who is now considered at high risk for future cardiac events? Find out more about this clinical trial recruiting participants for studies on an early detection implantable device being done at 50 different hospital sites throughout the U.S. for AngelMed.
♥ Or are you a female heart patient living in Greater Toronto who is eligible to participate in a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program? Find out more about this University Health Network research. Search Study # NCT01019135
♥ Or are you a woman between the ages of 45 to 75 years of age living in Oregon who has been diagnosed with Coronary Microvascular Disease? Both healthy women (the control group) as well as those with MVD are being recruited by Oregon Health and Science University. Find out more. Search Study # NCT00663520
♥ Or are you a woman over the age of 21 living near Los Angeles who has been diagnosed with Coronary Microvascular Disease? Find out more about participating in this Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center study. Search study # NCT00573027
♥ Or are you the parent of a child between the ages of 5-8 who has a Congenital Heart Defect? Find out more about participating in a Walden University online study called “Late Effects of Congenital Heart Defects on Parent Ratings of Executive Functioning Skills in School Age Children”.