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Upcoming SymposiumFourth Annual
Symposium on

Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
in Women

Prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke

Saturday October 19,  2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Denton A. Cooley Auditorium 
Texas Heart Institute ♥ Houston, Texas  Upcoming Symposium - Brochure

Online registration is closed. You may register at the event.

Program Details
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women in the United States. Long thought of as primarily affecting men, we know that CVD—including heart disease, hypertension, and stroke—affects a substantial number of women with the number of CVD deaths for females exceeding those for males since 1984.  

More than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. Experts estimate that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer. 

Risk awareness remains alarming and in a recent survey, women believed breast cancer to be five times more prevalent than stroke with 40 percent of the women saying they were only "somewhat" or "not at all" concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life. 

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for women and kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year. Each year about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. This is because the average life expectancy for women is greater than for men, and the highest rates for stroke are in the oldest age groups.

Although heart disease is a complex disorder thought to be a result of interactions between genetic and environmental factors, it is 80 percent preventable with proven strategies for risk modification. Both patient and professional education about managing risk factors shared by all cardiovascular diseases is essential and must be promoted across all disciplines encountering women in the health care field.

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
  • Review stroke risk factors in women and opportunities for implementing new prevention strategies
  • Describe the differences in risk, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment for women with atrial fibrillation 
  • Discuss how educating women on stroke risk factors can impact overall cardiac risk 
  • Describe the trends, treatments and intervention strategies of cardiovascular disease in obesity and sedentary lifestyles 
  • Discuss how dietary changes can influence cardiovascular outcomes 
  • Cite emerging data in support of specific dietary recommendations to prevent heart disease 
  • Utilize emerging novel approaches and strategies to treating heart, vascular and valve conditions 
  • Apply current guidelines for managing modifiable biological risk factors for cardiovascular disease in light of new data presented this year 
  • Review and implement guidelines for calcium supplementation and calcium scoring by computed tomography 
  • Develop and utilize an overall cardiovascular risk stratification of female patients to guide prevention and treatment strategies

Program Schedule

Saturday October 19, 2013

7:30 - 8:30   
8:30 - 8:40   
Welcome and Opening Remarks
James T. Willerson, MD
8:40 - 9:00 Women's Biology vs. Men's Biology & Implications for Treatments
Doris A. Taylor, PhD
9:00 - 9:20 Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
Sharonne N. Hayes, MD
9:20 – 9:40Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy 
Raymond Stainback, MD
9:40 - 10:00
The Million Hearts Initiative: Principles & Interventions
David Aguilar, MD
10:00 - 10:20  Update on Stem Cell Trials for CV Disease: Where are We?
Emerson Perin, MD, PhD
10:20 – 10:30BREAK
10:30 – 10:50Management of Hypertension: Most Recent Guidelines
Jennifer B. Cowart, MD
10:50 - 11:10Dyslipidemia / Lipoproteins / HDL / Women / ATP IV Guidelines 
Salim Virani, MD
11:10 – 11:30Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: A Growing Epidemic of Risk in Women
Glenn Cunningham, MD  
11:30 – 11:50 
Prevention & Intervention in the Clinic & Community: The Next Big Step 
Stephanie Coulter, MD

12:00 – 1:00
SESSION I -  12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Science of Vascular Disease (PAD)
Guilherme Silva, MD
SESSION II - 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Women Living with Heart & Vascular Disease
Dr. Stephanie Coulter
Rebecca Trahan & Lisa Hulick
The WomenHeart Houston Support Network Coordinators

 1:00 - 1:40   
New Hope for Stroke: Etiology, Epidemiology, and Emerging Therapies
Sean I. Savitz, MD
 1:40 – 2:00 Optimizing Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Review of the New Anticoagulants
Mohammad Saeed, MD
 2:00 - 2:20 Left Atrial Exclusion in A-Fibrillation
William E. Cohn, MD
 2:20 - 2:40 The Magic of the Mediterranean Diet 
Terry Dildy, MS, RD, LD
 2:40 – 3:00 Supplements: Is it Time for Women to Take Them or Toss Them?
Stephanie Coulter, MD
 3:00 - 3:20 BREAK
 3:20 - 3:40 Smoking Risk & Cessation Techniques Revisited: It is Never too Late to Quit
David W. Wetter, PhD, MS
 3:40 – 4:00 Heart Failure Guideline Updates
Deborah Meyers, MD
 4:00 - 4:20Pulmonary Care & Sleep Medicine: Sleep Apnea & How it Affects Heart Disease
Clinton H. Doerr, MD
 4:20 - 4:40INTERACTIVE Q&A (*ARS System)

* ARS System will be used after every presentation for Q&A

Program Faculty  

Program Director:  
Stephanie Coulter, MD
Director, Texas Heart Institute
Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health
Associate Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology
Texas Heart Institute  

David Aguilar, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine   

William Cohn, MD
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology
Texas Heart Institute   

Jennifer B. Cowart, MD
Chief Resident for Quality and Patient Safety
Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension Fellow
Clinical Instructor, General Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine   

Glenn R. Cunningham, MD
Professor of Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology
St. Luke's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine   

Theresa Dildy, MS, RD, LD
Director, Food & Nutrition Services
Clinical and Patient Food Service
ARAMARK Healthcare at St. Luke's Hospital   

Clinton H. Doerr, MD
Pulmonary Care & Sleep Medicine
St. Luke's Hospital  

Sharonne N. Hayes, MD
Professor of Medicine,
Women's Heart Clinic Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Mayo Clinic  

Lisa Hulick
Coordinator, The WomenHeart Houston Support Network   

Deborah Meyers, MD
Medical Director, Heart Failure Programs
Medical Director, Heart Failure Clinic
Texas Heart Institute / St. Luke's Hospital   

Emerson Perin, MD, PhD
Director, Stem Cell Center
Director, Clinical Research for Cardiovascular Medicine
Texas Heart Institute 

Mohammad Saeed, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine   

Sean I. Savitz, MD
Professor of Neurology
Co-Director, Stroke Program, Department of Neurology
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston   

Guilherme Silva, MD
Assistant Medical Director, Stem Cell Center
Texas Heart Institute  

Raymond F. Stainback, MD
Medical Director, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
Texas Heart Institute 

Doris A. Taylor, PhD
Director, Regenerative Medicine Research
Texas Heart Institute   

Rebecca Trahan
Coordinator, The WomenHeart Houston Support Network   

Salim Virani, MD
Assistant Professor Medicine, Atherosclerosis & Lipoprotein
Baylor College of Medicine  

David W. Wetter, PhD, MS
Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research
Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  

James Willerson, MD
President and Medical Director
Texas Heart Institute  

See brochure for further details. 


Accreditation and Credit Designation
Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.     

Nursing Accreditation and Credit Designation
Up to 6.33 continuing nursing education hours will be awarded for successful completion of this activity.  

St. Luke's Hospital Department of Nursing & Patient Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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—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 B1 level.


There are several hotels in the Texas Medical Center:

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

Hampton Inn & Suites Medical Center/Reliant
1715 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713- 797-0040

Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street, Houston, Texas, 77030
Phone: 713-313-4654  

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 Monday October 7, 2013 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
After Oct. 14
Physicians (MD, DO) $175
Non-Physician (Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Other Allied Health)             $125
Fellows-in-training, Residents*

* Fellows-in-training and residents must provide a statement from their program directors regarding their status

Online registration is closed. You may register at the event.

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