facebook
twitter
search
search

Streisand donates $5M to Cedars-Sinai

April 16, 2008 at 3:58 PM
| License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- The Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles was created using a $5 million gift from the singer.

"Women need to be educated about female cardiovascular disease, and the medical community must be propelled toward change," Streisand said in a statement. "Just like with breast cancer, the impetus must come from women themselves striving to become empowered to reduce their risks for heart disease."

"Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. "It kills nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. each year, more than all cancers combined. The medical system has failed to recognize female-pattern heart attack symptoms; current testing and treatments are geared toward male physiology."

Streisand has contributed to women's health programs through the Streisand Foundation since 1986, the hospital said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Paul McCartney likens post-John Lennon era to 'revisionism,' talks songwriting controversy
Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Dormer stun in 'Mockingjay - Part 2' posters
Subway spokesman Jared Fogle under investigation
Rumer Willis stuns in new bikini photos
Yolanda Foster posts photo in hyperbaric chamber for Lyme disease treatment