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By Ms. STABENOW (for herself, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Ms. COLLINS, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mr. COCHRAN, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. BOXER, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. KERRY, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. AKAKA, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. INOUYE, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. CASEY, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. BAYH, Mr. CARPER, Mr. WYDEN, and Mr. CONRAD):

S. 422. A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Ms. STABENOW. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss a critical health issue affecting too many women: heart disease, a disease that surprisingly affects more women than men.

As women, we tend to be great at taking care of everyone around us--our children, our spouses, our aging parents. Unfortunately, we do not do nearly as well taking care of ourselves sometimes. I suspect we all know women who have been to their doctors or to emergency rooms exhibiting symptoms of heart attack, only to be told they were suffering from ``stress'' or indigestion.

For women, there are a lot of misconceptions about heart disease, but here are the facts.

Heart disease and stroke actually kill more women each year than men.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death for women in the United States and in Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a third of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular disease.

One in three adult women has some form of cardiovascular disease.

Minority women, particularly African American, Hispanic and Native American women, are at even greater risk from heart disease and stroke.

These reasons are why Senator LISA MURKOWSKI and I are reintroducing the HEART for Women Act in the Senate today to turn these startling statistics around. Our bill is a three-prong approach to fighting heart disease by raising awareness, strengthening research, and increasing access to screening programs for more women. I am so pleased that nearly a quarter of the Senate is joining us today in sponsoring this legislation, and that that Congresswomen LOIS CAPPS and MARY BONO MACK are introducing companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that support material be printed in the RECORD.

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record

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