A health care pilot program that screens women who have inadequate healthinsurance is being expanded into Iowa. The “WISE Woman Heart DiseaseScreening Program” is currently in three states and should begin in Iowa andtwo more states next year, according to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.The WISE in the name stands for Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation.Harkin says he’s secured nearly eight-million dollars in a spending bill tobroaden the program into Iowa and two other states.Heart disease is the number-one cause of death in women. In Iowa, itaccounts for 41 percent of ALL deaths. In one state where the program isalready in use, Harkin says 75-percent of the women screened were found tobe at high risk for heart disease.
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