Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for American women, yet millions of women continue to underestimate their personal risk. Contrary to the old adage, what we don’t know can hurt us.
The Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center tackles this challenge head-on, striving to advance women’s heart health through the use of two of the most effective interventions we have against heart disease: education and lifestyle modification.
Building on our hospital’s rich tradition of cardiovascular care and research, the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program educates and empowers women to take charge and improve their heart health. Over the last six years, it has expanded to include sixteen innovative programs reaching women in communities in Boston as well as across America. For me, one of the most remarkable aspects of the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program is the number of women its initiatives have reached, many of them in communities with an especially high burden of disease. Today, over 29,000 women each have a story to share about how the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program improved her life—a remarkable achievement.
I hope you enjoy reading about some of the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program’s specific accomplishments in the following pages. Thanks to this tremendous work, women across the United States can look forward to a healthier future.
With warm regards, Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. President
The number of women helped by the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program are truly astounding: 27,000 online, 4,500 within Brigham and Women's Community, and roughly 20,000 in communities in the Greater Boston Area. View our full Program Report here.