Barbra Streisand’s crusade for better heart health – ‘Demand the best possible care’
BARBRA STREISAND is one of the most successful personalities in show business, well known for Funny Girl (1968), Yentl (1983), and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). The 80-year-old is also an activist for equal rights.
To help bring gender equality to health care, Barbra Streisand opened the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles in 2014 – and she’s been campaigning for better recognition of women’s health ever since. “Heart disease is the number one killer of women,” Streisand stated. “I was shocked to learn that more women are dying from cardiovascular disease than from all cancers combined, and aren’t receiving the same attention in diagnosis and treatment as men.” On August 24, 2022, Streisand Tweeted: “Why isn’t follow-up care as important for women as it is for men?
“Are women even advised about cardiac rehabilitation? We must demand to receive the best possible care after a #HeartAttack – we deserve it!”
Coronary heart disease
Strokes and mini strokes
Peripheral arterial disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned there are “no symptoms of the underlying disease of the blood vessels”.
A heart attack or stroke can often be the first sign of disease, the WHO warned.