Do you know what the number one killer of woman is in America? It’s an unexpected answer: heart disease. Its nickname is “The Lady Killer,” as 400,000 women die each year from heart disease alone. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy came to Cal State LA this month to raise awareness about heart disease and attend a screening for students. Murthy also promoted the Mind Matters program, which gives students support in school and beyond. The Women’s Heart Alliance, The Clinton Foundation and Cal State LA teamed up to sponsor the event.

We at New Student and Parent Programs attended the panel discussion with President Covino, the National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia, and Rita Redberg, who is a professor of medicine and director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at UC San Francisco. Murguia brought up an important point: “Latinas face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease yet one in three Latinas are unaware that heart disease is their number one cause of death.” Part of what Murguia does is raise awareness among Latinas, especially young women.

At the panel, President Covino also announced that he is beginning a discussion with students and staff about making Cal State LA a smoke-free campus – great news for our health.

For more, check out the Public Affairs rundown of the event.