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Astellas Raises Awareness for Heart Disease Awareness Month 2019

Feb 5, 2019

At Astellas, we are proud to support both Heart Disease Awareness Month and Black History Month this February.

By raising awareness of cardiovascular disease through our support of early prevention for better heart health, we are continuing to focus on what matters most—the patient. At Astellas, we remain committed to furthering educational efforts within the cardiology community and at home.

Heart Disease Awareness Month raises awareness of cardiovascular disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.1 Astellas is working to shed light on the importance of early detection of heart disease and highlight those who are most at risk. Specifically, various lifestyle changes such as heathy diets, exercising and lowering stress levels can help mitigate the risk of heart disease.

Additionally, Astellas’ African American Employee Resource Group is also spearheading The (Black) Patient Experience initiative this month highlighting various health disparities that exist among African Americans. Specifically, African Americans are 30% more likely to die from heart disease.2 Astellas is dedicated addressing these disparities through a commitment to open discussions, diversity and inclusion and spreading awareness on issues important to patients.

Please visit Astellas on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for more information on both Heart Disease Awareness Month and The (Black) Patient Experience throughout February.


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease. Heart Disease Facts. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm. Access January 18, 2019.

2. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health. Heart Disease in African Americans. https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=19. Accessed January 18, 2019