By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Media influencers met Tuesday to spark fresh ideas for fighting heart disease in women.

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post co-founder and Thrive Global founder, hosted a “women in media” luncheon at a private home in New York City.

The recent deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds make the event a timely way to galvanize women in media to use their influence to help spread the word about heart disease, organizers said.

Attendees included CBS This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, ¡Hola! editorial vice-president Cristy Marrero, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle and Woman’s Day editor-in-chief Susan Spencer. Thrive Global managing editor Callie Schweitzer, TV personality Star Jones and ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis also attended.

Discussion topics included how to convince women to make their health a priority, and research and trends related to preventing heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Globally, more than 17.3 million people die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases each year, but 80 percent of heart disease and stroke is preventable.

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