Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
News for Women Physicians
Open seats available on the AMA-WPC Governing Council
The AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) is looking to fill several positions on its governing council. The AMA-WPC membership will elect two at-large members to serve two-year terms beginning in June. Nomination forms for these positions are due March 8. Read more about the governing council election.
Research highlights recent findings on cardiovascular disease among women
A series of reports by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) highlights various findings on cardiovascular disease in women. According to the AHRQ, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women worldwide, accounting for one-third of all deaths. In the United States, more than 38 million women are living with the disease, and the at-risk population is even larger.
February is observed as American Heart Month, making this an appropriate time to consider the effect of cardiovascular disease on women. Experts estimate that one in three women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer, the AHRQ reports.
The AMA Women Physicians Congress encourages all women physicians to view these reports. Separate reports detail other chronic illnesses affecting women, including diabetes, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression and other mental illness, and HIV/AIDS.