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HHS/OWH STEPS UP HEART ATTACK AWARENESS EFFORTS

Feb 01, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health unveils the new Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat campaign.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health unveils the new Make the Call.  Don’t Miss a Beat campaign.  The aim is to educate, engage and empower women and their families to learn the seven most common symptoms of a heart attack and encourage them to call 9-1-1 as soon as those symptoms arise.  A woman suffers a heart attack every minute in the United States.  Yet according to a 2009 American Heart Association survey only half of women indicated they would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack and few were aware of the seven most common heart attack symptoms.

Today the Office on Women’s Health and its more than 20 partner organizations, ranging from WomenHeart, Spirit of Women and the National Association of Black Cardiologists to the National Emergency Numbers Association and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, are introducing their new heart attack campaign as part of American Heart Month. In addition to non-profit partners, OWH is joined in this effort by their colleagues at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
 

For more information on the campaign, visit www.womenshealth.gov/heartattack. 

Office on Women’s Health

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991.  OWH coordinates the efforts of all the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ agencies and offices involved in women’s health.  The office works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through its programs, by educating health professionals and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.