SOURCE ALERT: USC experts available to comment on heart health awareness and mental health policy
Heart Health Awareness
Helga Van Herle, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical medicine for the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her areas of expertise include women’s health and cardiology consultation for organ transplantation. In recognition of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1, Van Herle can address heart health awareness for women. “Only 1 in 5 American women recognize heart disease as their biggest health risk. Currently, 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease,” said Van Herle. “Despite these sobering statistics, 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases and strokes can be prevented and treated with the appropriate education, assessment of risk factors and recognition of symptoms.” Contact her at (323) 442-6130 or email@example.com.
Mental Health Policy
Anand Pandya, M.D., recently joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC as an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and vice-chair of clinical affairs. He is an expert in mental health policy and disaster psychiatry. He can discuss the mental health directives recently issued under President Obama’s administration. “The Presidential initiatives addressing gun violence have great promise,” said Pandya. “The mental health community has long been advocating for the administration to finalize mental health parity rules and ensure coverage of mental health care under the Affordable Care Act, so it is reassuring that the President sees this as a priority. However, only time will tell whether these good intentions will translate into action.” Contact him at (323) 442-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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