The Ohio State University and the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) launched a new partnership to address women’s heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, by screening and educating college-aged women about the risks of heart disease and key steps for preventing the disease.
WHA and Ohio State are both members of the Million Hearts initiative, a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Million Hearts initiative invited Ohio State to be its first university partner to help achieve the goal of preventing one million strokes and heart attacks by 2017.
Ohio State will support WHA’s efforts to collect and analyze survey data to learn more about young women and heart disease. Known as a “silent killer,” cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates and the prevalence of CVD risk factors are increasing the fastest among young women, especially African American and Latina women. And death rates from heart disease have been virtually stagnant in young women over the last two decades.