World-renowned singer, actress and philanthropist Barbra Streisand phones into The Doctors to discuss raising awareness of heart disease in women.
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What Menstruation Blood Color Mean Dr. Travis Stork: Well, Dr. Beiry Merz is working to improve funding for women when it comes to cardiovascular research, but fortunately she’s not alone. We have a special called on the line, who is also very passionate about educating women. Caller, are you there? Barbara Streisand: A-huh. Dr. Travis Stork: Welcome to the show. Barbara Streisand: Well, thank you. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Oh I know the voice. Dr. Travis Stork: Welcome Barbara Streisand to the show everybody. Barbara, this is an important issue for you, is it not? Barbara Streisand: Oh absolutely. I mean, you know I've always been an advocate of equal rights for women. So why should women’s heart health research be done on men? I mean physiologically we’re different, I made a movie about it called “Yentl”. It's so silly, it's just silly. Dr. Drew Ordon: And Barbara that’s why you donated 5 million of your own dollars to create the Barbara Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program, did I get that right? Female: You did? Barbara really stepped up to the plate and is an active partner in this campaign, to not only now do research into women and heart disease, in women, for women, by women, so that we can understand the sex and gender differences in heart disease and really come up with better treatments. Dr. Travis Stork: And that’s what so interesting Barbara why it's so important people like you are championing this effort, because number one, it's more difficult to diagnose heart disease in women, and the symptoms they present with are often misleading.