The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
As we go about our everyday lives, it’s easy to take for granted the strong, steady beating of our hearts. But, sadly, the odds are that many of us will someday face serious cardiac problems. The fact is heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
Women tend to worry more about breast cancer because it’s always in the news. But heart disease takes the lives of 500,000 mothers, daughters, sisters and friends every year—more than all cancers combined.
In fact, while the mortality rate for men with coronary artery disease has been declining for the past 30 years, the number of women who die from it is rising. This is due, in part, to the fact that diagnostic and treatment methods have been geared towards men.
Women have paid a huge price for the medical and scientific community not knowing about the important gender differences in heart disease. What gives me hope is knowing that the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center is here for us.
Through gender-specific heart research, the development of new diagnostic tools, breakthrough clinical trials using stem cells to enable the heart to heal itself, and specialized care for women, the Women’s Heart Center is improving the detection and treatment of women’s heart disease. When you consider that 40 percent of women don’t survive their first heart attack, you can see why I’m excited about this work!
I’m writing to you today because I deeply believe that women’s heart disease is an epidemic worthy of our philanthropic support. If you share this belief, I hope you will join me in supporting Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center by sending a donation today. Even a small gift will help save women’s hearts and lives.
Thank you, in advance, for your kind generosity. Working together, we can make a real difference.
P.S. I have played many roles over the years, but one that makes me particularly proud is the role I play as a supporter of the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center. It is an honor to have the opportunity to ask for your support of this wonderful program.
Click here to make an online donation to the Women's Heart Center through my Crowdrise page. If you prefer to make a donation by mail (check), please send to this address:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd Suite 2416
Los Angeles, CA 90048.
On April 16th, 2008, Barbra Streisand endowed $5 million to Cedars-Sinai for the creation of The Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Official Website.
TRANSCRIPT OF REMARKS AT THE DEDICATION CEREMONY
June 26, 2008
Five hundred thousand women in the United States die from heart disease each year…more than all other cancers combined. That is a staggering number. Tragically, too often women are unaware of the danger of cardiovascular and heart disease. Many people still think heart disease is just a man’s disease, but in fact, it’s the number one killer of women in America. That’s why it’s so important that women empower themselves and get educated about female cardiovascular disease. It’s also important that the medical community expand its research to better understand the gender differences in this area.
I made this gift to support cardiac research for women at the Women’s Heart Center because for decades women have been treated based on medical research done on men. That seems ridiculous!! How can you treat a woman for such a life-threatening ailment based on treatments, diagnostics and technologies created for men?
Thanks to Cedars-Sinai and the brilliant Doctor Noel Bairey Merz, the medical community will finally be catching up. Proper research will be conducted and communicated to women so that they will be more informed about their own health. The Heart Center is where it’s at - emotionally, culturally, psychologically and physically.
I am so happy to be a part of this bold new initiative at Cedars-Sinai and I know the work done by Dr. Merz and her colleagues at the Heart Center will help save many lives and serve countless women for generations to come.
Thank you Marge Tabankin (and Rupa), my friends… and thank you all for being here.
Summary of the Streisand WHC Endowment
Overview of Yentl Syndrome
Sex Differences Executive Summary
Expoloring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?
New Light on Yentl Syndrome