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In 2007 the Sir Thomas Cropo Foundation became proactive in seeking out organizations that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease. Tom Cropo had heart problems and five bypasses in his early 50s. His sister suffered many small strokes prior to a massive stoke which destroyed her quality of life and independence for 10 years before she died.

While heart and stroke are the number one killer of men and women, women have faired worse as thier death rate has steadily climbed at an alarming rate compared to men.  Lack of research using women, misdiagnosis, under representation and the lack of awareness about the prevalence of heart disease in women has created this dilemma for the medical profession, women and thier families.  The Cropo Foundation is dedicating resources to encourage and effect change to bring the death rate in women down.

The Cropo Foundation will support efforts to encourage regular and permanent heart screening for women's hearts especially in rural Manitoba.

Contributing Grants:

  • To help establish Permanent 1st Step DPL Women's Community area Heart Screening Centers and 2nd Step Rural Regional Women's DPL Heart Screening Hubs.
  • To aid in the purchase of equipment for use specifically to help in diagnosing women more accurately and destined for 1st and 2nd Step Women's  DPL Heart Screening facilities and Women's Heart Hospital facilities once they become a reality and are functional. 

Contributing One to Two Year Research Grants:

  • Using Women of all ages for research, to achieve evidence based new, cost effective, noninvasive methods for detecting heart disease.  For use as a general heart check in clinics and doctors offices to further aid in the prevention and early detection of heart disease in women.
  • For promising students who are specializing in hard to detect heart diseases in women. Using women for and in thier research to find non evasive ways  of accurately diagnosing small vessel heart disease with the help of scanners or other nonivasive methods.
  • Research into Medication to better manage and reverse Angina and Silent Ischemic Heart Disease in women at the earliest stages.  


                                      Women's Heart News.

Evidence-based research is on going using women and getting closer to finding accurate noninvasive heart diagnosing answers for women and thier doctors.

Early diagnosing of difficult to detect heart diseases such as micro or small vessel heart disease can be reversed with medication and life style changes, if diagnosed early enough.  Small vessel disease is too often missed and is thought to be the reason women are dying.  Without proper representation and evidence based diagnostic tools that can accurately diagnose the hearts of women; your mothers and daughters will continue to die needlessly.  Women's vague heart symptoms do not always register with doctors or even women themselves until it is too late.  It has been proven that women have unique heart physiology, which includes subtle, extreme or no symptoms that can prelude heart attacks.  This warrants changes within the medical system on how women are cared for.

Currently there is a single threshold in blood work for men and women for Troponin levels which indicate whether a person is having a heart attack.  The researchers believe there may be gender differences in Troponin values among men and women having heart attacks.  The current diagnostic thresholds may lead to under diagnosis of heart attacks in women, which could lead to differences in treatment and health outcomes. 


The Plan:


To help support and encourage those who are passionate about implementing permanent on going screening facilities as well as establishing a separate Ischemic Heart Disease category for women so as to create a New Heart Check Protocol specific to women in a Manitoba only 3 Step Prevention Plan.  This Heart Check Protocol would be taught in all hospital emergency departments throughout Manitoba,, Second Step Rural Regional DPL Women's Heart Screening Hubs and as well taught at the smaller First Step Preventative Heart Check DPL Women's Heart Community Screening Stations throughout Manitoba. A Mandatory Heart Check would be available for women at doctor's offices, clinics

Prevention and Representation 

The First Step - Rural DPL outreach Community Women's Heart Screening stations

This will help women and encourage families in smaller communities to get thier mothers, daughters, partners, grandmothers, aunts and friends hearts checked.  The First Step will create awareness faster through community involvement.

The Second Step -  Rural Regional DPL Women's Heart Hubs

A step up from basic community screening and for those in the grey zone who require further diagnosing.  This will free up hospital waiting times.  The Hubs will become self sufficient through fundraising and other measures. 

The Third Step -  A Women's DPL Heart Hospital in Manitoba

Women will have the care they need for emergency and surgical intervention as well as first class representation. 

The Sir Thomas Cropo Foundation  recommends this Ted talk given by Dr. Bairey Merz, Director of the Women's Heart Center at the Cedar-Sinai Heart Institute where she is a professor of medicine.
Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face 

Links below for more important information:

  • http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/About-Us/News/News-Releases-2015/Late-Breaking-Research-Angina-is-Linked-with-Abnormal-Heart-Blood-Flow-in-Patients-with-Female-Pattern-Heart-Disease.aspx

We also endorse:

The Heart Sister’s website and encourage you to learn more about why women's heart issues should matters to you and the women you love. Please see www.myheartsisters.org for more information about the heart of a woman and the latest exciting research being done on women for women to diagnose small vessel disease. 

 The Heart and Stroke Foundation - for Women's Screening, Research and Awareness Initatives.

The Victoria Hospital's Project - For Her Heart's Sake.

The St. Boniface Hospital - Women's Heart Initiative.

The International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences - Helping to bring Women's Heart Issues Centre Stage.