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Texas Heart Institute and the Houston Seminar presented Matters of the Heart, a lunchtime lecture series exploring the heart, the emotional repercussions of heart disease, and the future of heart repair and replacement. Rebecca Trahan & Lisa Hulick speak in the Matters of the Heart Series
April 22, Noon-1:30 p.m., at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.

LISA BUNDICK HULICK and REBECCA TRAHAN discussed how they live with heart disease, as well as new initiatives underway to assist women with heart disease and to increase awareness of heart disease in women. Lisa and Rebecca are the faces of WomenHeart Houston, part of a national peer network educating and helping women who, like Lisa and Rebecca, have experienced life-threatening heart crises.   

 Dr. Stephanie CoulterApril 15, Noon-1:30 p.m., The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.
DR. STEPHANIE COULTER, director of the Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health at Texas Heart Institute, gave a virtual tour of the heart using state-of-the-art animation tools and explained how the heart works and what can be done to keep it healthy. Dr. Coulter has a special interest in preventing and treating heart disease in women, which often presents differently than heart disease in men.

Ms. America Visits Texas Heart Institute

Ms America Chiniqua Pettaway

Chiniqua Pettaway, Ms. America 2013-14, stopped by the Texas Heart Institute's television studio March 13, 2014, to film a public service announcement promoting heart health awareness. Chiniqua's platform of service focuses on fighting heart disease by raising awareness and promoting prevention.

The Heart of a Woman Luncheon and Fashion Show

   Click here for photos of the event on Flickr.


The THI Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health celebrated the Elnita McClain Women’s Center’s (EMWC) annual Go Red for Women event, “The Heart of a Woman” Fashion Show & Luncheon, on Saturday, Feb. 22. The (EMWC) Center promotes preventative health education and healthy lifestyles for underserved communities. This year, Dr. Sheila Heinle, a THI cardiologist, gave the keynote speech to more than 200 attendees.

The (EMWC) Center originally operated as the Open Door Christian Society, founded in 1959 by Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Elnita McClain. The ministry has served as a halfway house and shelter to displaced persons. On July 6th, 1991, Mrs. Elnita McClain donated the 16-room house to the 20th District Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in order for her mission to carry on. In 1993, the facility was officially named the Elnita McClain Women's Center. Click here for photos of the event on Flickr.

'GEMS' Explore Bioengineering Careers

Women in Engineering and Science









Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers visited Texas Heart Institute Feb. 7 as part of the Society of Women Engineers' "GEMS" conference (Girls Exploring Math and Science). Jill Almaguer, center, program manager for regenerative medicine at Texas Heart Institute, led the students on a tour and participated in a panel discussion along with other Texas Heart Institute scientists.

Pink Goes Red for a Day

 Pink Goes Red for a Day











Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Alpha Omega Chapter donned red attire in place of the sorority's traditional pink on Feb. 7 to celebrate National Go Red Day which raises awareness of heart disease among women. At the chapter's meeting held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Dr. Deborah Meyers, front row, second from left, Texas Heart Institute's medical director for heart failure programs, presented "Goals, Time and Your Health: Go Red and Go Right Now!"

The 'Ticker Tantrums' Team Up for Heart Walk  

More pictures on Flickr.

On November 16, 2013, the WomenHeart support group gathered a team together for the American Heart Association Heart Walk Houston.  Many members of the team, named the "Ticker Tantrums" for the event, are survivors of heart disease. More pictures on Flickr.

Learn more about the Texas Heart Institute WomenHeart support group.

KUHF 'Houston Matters' Discusses Heart Disease 
Dr. Stephanie Coulter in the studio for Houston Public Radio broadcast.

Dr. Stephanie Coulter was one of the guests on the NPR news program, "Houston Matters" for Oct. 7, 2013.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the nation, and Houston is no exception. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 28 percent of deaths in the Houston area are related to cardiovascular disease. We talk with some area cardiologists about new research on heart disease and what you can do to better prevent it in the first place. 

Listen to the podcast from HoustonMatters.org  or listen to the podcast from SoundCloud.com.


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Updated February 2014

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