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 Women and Heart Disease Interactive Patient Resource Guide [from WomenHeart] Women and Heart Disease – a patient resource guide published by WomenHeart. This interactive online workbook provides educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health. The workbook includes videos, print tools, and an audio version of the written text. [en español, Las mujeres y la enfermedad cardíaca]



WomenHeart Houston generally meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. Visit WomenHeart Houston on Facebook or contact us at for updates on time, location, and planned group activities. Please join us!  


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Sept. 23: WomenHeart Houston Special Event: Artist Dario Robleto at the Menil Collection

Artist Dario Robleto explored the history of the human heartbeat in his new exhibition, The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed, showcased at the Menil Collection from August 16-January 11, 2015.

June 14: "Hormones, Heart Disease, Calcium and Bones"
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Presented by Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director, Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, and Dr. Amy Woodruff, cardiologist.

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May 22: Ms. America Promotes Heart Screenings for Women
Ms. America 2013-14 Chiniqua Pettaway, third from left, extended a show of support for the heart institute's efforts to screen women for heart disease during National Women's Health Week May 11-17. Staff from the heart institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health screened more than 300 women at five Neighborhood Centers throughout Houston.

'Matters of the Heart' Lunchtime Lectures

MAY 13: Dr. Doris Taylor: Regenerative Heart Research
DR. DORIS TAYLOR, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute, discussed her groundbreaking research to create hearts in the lab from a patient's own stem cells. In a process known as decellularization, Dr. Taylor and her team remove the existing cells from the hearts of laboratory animals, which leaves a framework for building new organs. They then "seed" the framework with human adult stem cells to give it a blood supply, which causes the organ to regenerate and take on the characteristics of a revitalized, beating heart. This research may one day help scientists create fully functional human hearts in the lab. This is significant because the need for transplants continues to grow, while the supply of donor organs remains critically low.

Dr. William MAY 6: Dr. Billy Cohn: Artificial Heart Research
DR. BILLY COHN, cardiovascular surgeon and director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation, discussed his quest to develop a continuous-flow heart pump and other devices to repair or replace damaged hearts. With a passion for medical device development, Dr. Cohn has more than 70 U.S. patents granted or pending, and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations. He has been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

April 22: The Healt
h MuseumRebecca Trahan & Lisa Hulick speak in the Matters of the Heart Series
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: The Health Museum
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.

March 1Ms America Chiniqua Pettaway3: Ms. America Visits Texas Heart Institute
Chiniqua Pettaway, Ms. America 2013-14, stopped by the Texas Heart Institute's television studio 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. 

   Click here for photos of the event on Flickr.

February 22: The Elnita McClain Women’s Center’s (EMWC) annual Go Red for Women event, “The Heart of a Woman” Fashion Show & Luncheon. 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.

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February 7: 'GEMS' Explore Bioengineering Careers

Students interested
in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers visited Texas Heart Institute 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.

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February 7: 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!"

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

Dr. Stephanie Coulter in the studio for Houston Public Radio broadcast.
October 7, 2013: KUHF 'Houston Matters' Discusses Heart Disease

Dr. Stephanie Coulter was one of the guests on the NPR news program, "Houston Matters". 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  or listen to the podcast from

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