New Programme to tackle health disparities and inequalities for women with heart failure

pharmafile | April 21, 2022 | News story | Business Services  

Women diagnosed with heart failure have worse outcomes compared to men, in spite of a similar prevalence of the chronic condition. The Hear Your Heart empowering health initiative aims to provide resources and education for women with heart failure, particularly Black and Latina women, who face additional obstacles in treatment, with negative health outcomes magnified due to significant health disparities.

During National Minority Health Month, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company have announced the launch of Hear Your Heart, which aims to provide tailored resources and educational content.

“Heart failure affects more than six million people in the US and has a considerable effect on quality of life. The burden of this disease is compounded for Black and Latina women who face unique challenges and barriers that prevent optimal heart failure care,” shared Alanna Morris, MD, MSc, FHFSA, FACC, FAHA, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine. “I am proud to lend my voice to Hear Your Heart in support of a platform to address health equity issues in these underserved communities. It’s time for the women who give so much to their families and communities to be encouraged to listen to what their heart needs, ask for support and take control of their heart failure care.”

The campaign has highlighted the lack of professional workforce diversity, and the role this plays in creating gaps in care. While only 37% of physicians are female, only 2% of these are Black women.

“Proactive and comprehensive heart failure care can lead to better patient outcomes not just for the cardiovascular system, but the renal and metabolic systems as well, given they are interconnected,” said Anita Holz, MSN, CRNP, Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Head Cardiometabolism, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “With Hear Your Heart, we are not only providing education and resources to support holistic care, but we are encouraging women with heart failure to reassess their care to determine what areas they can address to put themselves first and feel their best living with the condition.”

Ana Ovey

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