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Kansas City Heart Truth Event

As an advocate of women's health and the messagenger of the dangers of heart disease, Mrs. Bush visited St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 2003. St. Luke's is home to the Women's Cardiac Center. Founded in 1994, the Women's Cardiac Center is designed to help women understand their individual risks for heart disease by offering the latest information on the unique characteristics of women's cardiovascular health from risk analysis to early diagnosis and treatment. Through a one-on-one interactive assessment process, the Women's Cardiac Center's Heart Health Assessment screening focuses on overall cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention, while stimulating and empowering women to take a proactive role in their cardiovascular health. The Women's Cardiac Center is devoted to the hearts of women, and cherishes the relationships, partnering, and opportunities to educate women about their vulnerability to heart disease throughout their lifespan.

To date, the Women's Cardiac Center, a program of the St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, known as a premier, internationally recognized center of excellence for its work in diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, has educated and empowered over 30,000 women in the Kansas City metropolitan region. In the first ever national survey of women's heart centers completed by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Washington, DC, the Women's Cardiac Center was sited as a pioneer in the industry and one of the top eleven centers in the nation. The centers were surveyed for their gender-sensitive approach for diagnostic screening, education, treatment, and referral services available to reduce cardiovascular risk factors, and/or to actively pursue a healthier lifestyle. In addition, the Women's Cardiac Center was also sited in the June 4, 2003 edition of Woman's Day.

St. Luke's Health System has also incorporated a project titled WHISPER (Women's Hearts: Ischemic Screening with Proactive Evaluation and Recommendations) to study the importance of women's "silent" heart risk factors. The study is designed to provide more information to help women identify their individual risk factors for heart disease and, if necessary, begin preventive measures. This is a critical research study that has been funded by St. Luke's Hospital Foundation.

This visit to Kansas City supplemented one of the first locally-organized Heart Truth events that was being sponsored by the U.S. Health and Human Services Region VII office located in Kansas City, Missouri. A variety of events were held in locations around the greater Kansas City area from September 11th - 21st. The highlight of the effort was an exhibit of The Heart Truth campaign's Red Dress Collection at Halls Crown Center (a major hotel, shopping, dining and entertainment complex), accompanied by displays of educational materials and free health screenings.

For more information on St. Luke's Women's Cardiac Center, visit

Laura Bush, An Advocate for Prevention of Heart Disease in Women
The Heart Truth Campaign and The Red Dress Project
American Heart Association Valentine Luncheon and Fashion Show
The Facts: Women and Heart Disease
Ten Questions to Ask Your Doctor
2004 Budget Reflects Mrs. Bush's Commitment to Heart Disease Awareness and Research

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