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Upcoming SymposiumThird Annual
Symposium on

Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
in Women

November 17,  2012
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Denton A. Cooley Auditorium
Texas Heart Institute at
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Houston, Texas 


Online registration is now closed. You may register at the event beginning on Saturday morning.
      Symposium Brochure

Program Overview

Heart and vascular diseases are the greatest threat to women's health worldwide and most American women are unaware of their risk. Nearly 43 million American women live with these diseases and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2004, Texas had the third highest prevalence. In Texas alone, approximately 1 million women are living with cardiovascular disease and it kills one of them every 20 minutes. Women can expect to live a large part of their lives with an increased risk of heart disease; and, 1 out of 4 women older than 65 has some form of heart disease. Also known as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), they include heart attack, heart failure, strokes, peripheral artery disease and other diseases of the heart and circulatory system. 

Most American women are unaware of their risk. Most doctors are too.

A 2005 survey by the American Heart Association showed that only 8% of primary care physicians and 17% of cardiologists know that more women than men die from cardiovascular disease.

These diseases affect more women than men and are responsible for nearly 40% of all deaths in American women. Many women who have a heart attack do not know it since they are not aware that symptoms in a woman can be very different than those in men. Heart attacks are generally more severe in women than men. Furthermore, women and the doctors who treat them are often unaware that a heart attack has occurred. Since treatment during or immediately after a heart attack significantly mitigates the resulting long-term damage, accurately identifying symptoms of heart attacks is critical to the lifetime wellness of women. 

So too is identifying treatments that are most effective for women. While effective treatments are not understood, we do know that women have 50% more adverse drug reactions than men. Additionally, the trajectory of women's heart disease is distinct from that of men. 

Plaque builds up differently in women's arteries in a way that typical testing does not detect, and menopause significantly increases a woman's risk. Finally, little study has gone into effective prevention strategies for women. Treatment guidelines are developed from the medical literature, dictating the standard of care for all patients. However, less than 25% of those enrolled in the trials are women. Clearly it is time for a focused education and research effort to elucidate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. 

The goal of this symposium is to educate the primary care physicians for women to include: obstetricians/gynecologists, internal medicine, family practice, endocrinologists, and nurse practitioners about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment strategies for heart disease in women.

Target Audience

Cardiologists, gynecologists, primary care physicians, Internal medicine physicians, family practice practitioners, endocrinologists and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, the participant should be able to:  

  • Identify emerging controversies in cardiovascular disease and treatments;
  • Cite the identification of cardiac risk factors in women;
  • Describe the trends and treatments of cardiovascular disease in obesity and sedentary lifestyles;
  • Describe emerging novel approaches and strategies to treating heart, vascular and valve conditions.
  • Review current guidelines for managing modifiable biological risk factors for cardiovascular disease in light of new data presented this year;
  • Review current guidelines for calcium supplementation and calcium scoring by computed tomography;
  • Make an overall cardiovascular risk stratification of female patients that will be used to guide prevention and treatment strategies.      

Program Schedule

Saturday November 17, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

See brochure for details:  Symposium Brochure 


Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity has been designated by Texas Heart Institute for 1 hour of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.    

An evaluation form sent via email will provide each participant the opportunity to review the speakers and their presentations, to identify educational needs, and to comment on any perceived commercial or promotional bias in the presentation.

Meeting Site and Lodging 

The symposium will be held at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital—The Denton A. Cooley Building located within the Texas Medical Center. The address is 6770 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030. The meeting room, the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium is located on the B1 level of the hospital.


There are several hotels in the Texas Medical Center:

Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street Houston, Texas 77030
Phone:  713-796-0080

Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street, Houston, Texas, 77030
Phone: 713-313-4000  

Holiday Inn Medical Center
6800 S. Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-528-7744

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, November 9, 2012 in order for a refund to be issued. A $25 processing fee will be assessed for each cancellation. Refunds cannot be made for those who register but do not attend the scheduled activities. Texas Heart Institute reserves the right to cancel this activity if registration is deemed insufficient.

Registration fee includes all course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

Category Registration Fee
Physicians (MD, DO) $150
Others* $75

* Fellows-in-training and residents (must provide a statement from their program directors regarding their status), students, nurse practitioners, and other allied health professionals.

Online registration is now closed. You may register at the event beginning Saturday morning.
     Symposium Brochure

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