Volume 14 | February 2022


Join WomenHeart in Spreading Awareness about the Risk of Heart Disease

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, less than half of women in the U.S. are aware of that risk. Fortunately, 80% of heart disease is preventable.

February is American Heart Month. Act now to take control of your heart health. In addition to eating healthy and exercising regularly, women should see a health care provider to learn their numbers: their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. If any of those are out of the healthy range, there are ways to manage them in an effort to prevent heart disease.

To learn more about women and heart disease or to find peer support if you are a woman experiencing a new diagnosis or recent heart event, visit And throughout Heart Month, follow WomenHeart on Facebook, Instagram and Linked In to engage in #29DaysofHeart, a campaign that lifts up the voices and stories of Black women with heart disease as we honor Black History Month along with Heart Month. 


February is Black History Month

Black History Month

This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Health and Wellness,” a chance to celebrate the many contributions of  Black leaders in medicine. As we reflect on this historic legacy, we also recognize that several  key health concerns continue to affect Black communities disproportionately.

According to the Office of Minority Health, African Americans are:

  • 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites
  • 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure and are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to have their blood pressure under control
If you or a loved one is affected by heart disease, you can join our Mended Hearts Heart Disease Support Community on Inspire to share your story and connect with other heart disease members.


Virtual Presentation and Ask the Expert by Red Hot Mamas and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

“Sex and Menopause: What’s Age Go to Do with It?” will be presented via Zoom by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Obstetrician/Gynecologist Rachel Cady, M.D., on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. CT  as part of a new Red Hot Mamas Menopause Management Education Program.
In this seminar, women will learn about key sexual changes they face at menopause. Dr. Cady, a Certified Menopause Practitioner, will provide strategies and options for a good sex life at menopause and beyond. Register here and learn about other upcoming presentations in this series on seven other topics including heart disease and menopause, sleep and menopause, osteoporosis and menopause and more!

We also invite you to participate in our Ask the Expert with Dr. Rachel Cady in the Red Hot Mamas Menopause Support Community on Inspire between Monday, February 7 and Friday, February 18 at:


Attend the Virtual Stomach Cancer Educational Symposium

Join Inspire partner, Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, for their Virtual Stomach Cancer Educational Symposium chaired by Dr. Jeremy Davis of the NIH on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in gastric cancer research from experts at some of the top research hospitals in the country. Register today!


Join Us Virtually at NIH for Rare Disease Day February 28

rare disease day

Sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will be held virtually on Monday, February 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. The event aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect, and NIH collaborations that address scientific challenges and advance research for new treatments. This year’s event will feature panel discussions, rare diseases stories, virtual exhibitors and scientific posters.

Learn more and register for free here. If you attend, please stop by the Inspire booth and check out our poster.


Leukemia Support Community

Inspire’s Leukemia Support Community serves those who are dealing with all forms of Leukemia (ALL, AML, CLL, and CML). To learn more and meet others, please visit the community and consider posting your story:

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