Streisand seeks more funding for heart disease in women

Disease kills more women than all cancers combined

WASHINGTON - Barbra Streisand is appealing to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for more funding and research devoted to heart disease in women.

In a statement issued Wednesday as she met with lawmakers, Streisand says heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women yet most research is focused on men.

She says, quote, "We cannot let another year pass when another 400,000 of our fellow women die because these disparities aren't addressed."

In 2012, Streisand founded the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to help research the disease that kills more women than all cancers combined.

The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner met with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Democratic congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and both women's caucuses.

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