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November 16, 2013: The 'Ticker Tantrums' Team Up for Heart Walk
More pictures on Flickr.

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.


October 7, 2013: 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". 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  or listen to the podcast from

Dr. Stephanie Coulter - Interview with International InnovationInternational publication focuses attention on women and heart disease  
"Women are more likely to die from heart disease than cancer, and less likely to receive appropriate treatment than men. Director Dr Stephanie Coulter explains how the Center is addressing the gaps in diagnoses, treatment and research."

In an extensive interview with one of Europe's prominent international research magazines, Dr. Coulter discusses the missions of the Texas Heart Institute Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health.

Read International Innovation "Analysis" (a prepublication PDF), by permission from WWW.RESEARCHMEDIA.EU. [May 2013]. Now available online through their open access feature. (July 2013)

Center Receives Heart to Heart Grant from Alpha Phi Foundation

On February 28, The Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health was one of two recipients of Alpha Phi Foundation's Heart to Heart Grant. We received the $50,000 grant to help fund our ongoing study, Houston Heart Reach for Women, designed to investigate the roles biology, psychology and lifestyle play in putting a women at risk for heart disease. We are very grateful to the Alpha Phi Foundation for helping us further our mission.

Women's Fund Lunchtime Webinar

On February 27, Dr. Stepahnie Coulter joined The Women's Fund for Health Education and Research for a free lunchtime webinar focused on education and research effort to elucidate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease in women. Topics discussed during the event ranged from the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease to managing one's risk. The webinar "How Women Can Beat the Odds" is now available online.

The Heart of a Woman Luncheon and Fashion Show

On Saturday, February 16, The Elnita McClain Women's Center held a special Heart Month luncheon and fashion show. Ladies showed off their best with the latest trends in red and enjoyed talks from special guests including Texas Heart Institute Medical Director for Heart Failure Programs, Dr. Deborah Meyers, and Edna Meyer-Nelson, Chairman of the Advisory Council for THI's Center for Women's Heart and Vascular Health.

"Hear Our Hearts" Women's Retreat and Luncheon

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, we participated at the "Hear Our Hearts" luncheon retreat at the Center for Faith and Health Initiatives, a gathering to motivate women and their circles to care for their hearts. The purpose was to inspire, motivate, renew, and engage.  Dr. Coulter will give the opening presentation "The Latest in Heart Care," providing a "capsule of information" on new cardiac advances for women.

AKA Pink Goes Red for a Day 

On February 1, 2013, special guests Dr. Stephanie Coulter of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health and Ms. Lisa Hulick of WomenHeart Houston joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women, for their Go Red Day event "Getting Your Heart Healthy: How and Why to Start Now." Learn more about the the XI Alpha Omega chapter.


Heart Healthy Advice from Cardiologist Moms

THI's Dr. Stephanie Coulter put on her mom hat for an article in DailySpark, which inquired to three cardiologist parents "How do you keep your kids healthy?" Dr. Coulter recommends to skip the kids' meals altogether, which are usually loaded with fat, calories, and salt.

Dr. Stephanie Coulter, the MEGA Heart, and "The Doctors"

On the hit TV show "The Doctors," THI's Dr. Stephanie Coulter gives audiences a tour of the MEGA heart, a walkable heart exhibit that educates the public about heart anatomy and heart conditions.

Barbara Streisand on Doris Taylor

Halfway through a video highlighting the importance of women's heart health, famed singer Barbara Streisand discusses the stem cell research being conducted by THI's Dr. Doris Taylor and how her research can have a significant impact on both men and women. Visit the Regenerative Medicine Research page for more information about Dr. Taylor's innovative work.


Third Annual Symposium

On November 17, 2012, Texas Heart Institute held its Third Annual Symposium on Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. Speakers included THI's president Dr. James T. Willerson and director of the Women's Center for Heart & Vascular Health Dr. Stephanie Coulter. The audience especially enjoyed keynote speaker Dr. Doris A. Taylor and her talk on sex differences in cardiovascular disease and implications for therapies.


Teaching Women to Beat the Odds

Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health gave a free lecture Thursday, September 20th at The Health Museum to talk to women about how they can beat the odds of diminished quality of life or premature death due to cardiovascular diseases including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. The lecture included light refreshments and time to talk to actual cardiovascular event survivors.

Free Seminar on Heart Disease: How Women Can Beat the Odds

We Need to Talk... Women, Stress and Heart Disease
"I appreciate the fact that LHI cares enough about the women in our community to see their health services are seen to and we have the information we need to take care of ourselves." Dr. Stephanie Coulter discusses women and heart disease and an upcoming health screening on page 9 in the Lesbian Health Initiative Houston fall newsletter.

Heart disease numbers drop for Baby Boomers, still at high risk
"The death rate by heart attack for Baby Boomers declined by 25 % from 1997 to 2007. Experts say it may mean we're eating better and moving slightly more than our parents, but not enough." Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director of THI Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, discusses prevention and therapy in a special report by Houston Business Journal (PDF).


Celebrating National Women's Health Week with Free Health Screenings

Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health partnered with Neighborhood Center's Inc. (NCI) for a special Women's Health Event at Ripley House Community Center Tuesday, May 8th in celebration of National Women’s Health Week and Mother's Day.

Over 60 women participated in a focused, cardiovascular health morning that included learning about their heart and vascular disease risk through an expanded comprehensive health screening and consultation with THI doctors, learning about healthy food choices through a heart healthy cooking demonstration and discussion, and learning about exercise and stress management through a special Zumba session finished off with a yoga session. 

This exciting event is the first of three that are being held around the community this week. The other two will be at  NCI's  Independence Heights Community Center on West Crosstimbers (Wednesday May 9th) and Cleveland-Ripley House Community Center in Pasadena (Friday May 11th).


Latina Women Develop Heart Disease Earlier

Dr. Guilherme Silva, Interventional Cardiologist at Texas Heart Institute, tells Fox 26's "Hola Houston" why Latina women are more likely to develop heart disease earlier than their non-Hispanic counterparts and what they can do about it.


AHA Honors Dr.  Roberta BogaevDr. Roberta Bogaev

At the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Ball on February 11, Dr. Roberta Bogaev was honored for her work during her time as the Medical Director of Heart Failure and Transplant at the Texas Heart Institute. Read the full story about her contributions to the field of medicine, including being an instrumental part of developing the Left Ventricular Assist Device, or LVAD, that is used by former Vice President Dick Cheney, among many others.

Teaming Up with H-E-B

To celebrate American Heart Month and promote healthy living throughout 2012, Texas Grocer H-E-B and Texas Heart Institute are teaming up to put women's heart health in the spotlight. Dr. Stephanie Coulter is featured on pages 8 and 9 of H-E-B's in-store magazine, TexasLife, to explain the best ways women can fight heart disease.

A Trustworthy Resource for Women

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health named THI's Heart Information Center (HIC) as a trustworthy source of health information for women. See the entire list of resources on or read the highlighted HIC article on exercise.

Advocating and Educating for Women's Heart Health

THI educational resources for women are cited twice in the AWHONN Position Statement (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nursing) published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. In the Women's Cardiovascular Health paper, the authors reference the HIC topic, Women & Heart Disease, as well as "Straight Talk about Heart Attacks" in the Women's Center. Read the full position statement (PDF).

Sugary drinks hurt even skinny women's hearts

"There are some calories that come like a nuclear attack," said Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director for the THI Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health. Research reported at the American Heart Association meeting revealed that "Women who drink sugary beverages every day may be raising their risk for heart disease, even if their habit is not packing on the pounds." Learn more on the TODAY show website.


Back to School Health Fair

The Texas Heart Institute Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health continued its push to reach out into the community in meaningful ways and to broaden important research into women's heart health. On August 13th we provided free health screenings at Neighborhood Centers Inc's Back to School Health Fair, a daylong health party at NCI's Harbach Ripley Community Center located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of south east Houston.

The Women's Center provided comprehensive cardiovascular disease screenings and recommendations to more than 120 women who otherwise would not have access to this level of care. THI specialists also educated them about their specific cardiovascular risks. We are especially grateful to Abbott Vascular for the grant that underwrote the lipid and glucose screenings.


Go Red Girlfriend

A diverse group of more than 130 women participated in the June 16, Go Red Girlfriend health conference at Neighborhood Centers Inc.'s Harbach-Ripley House in Southeast Houston. Attendees received free health screenings and consultations, participated in fun physical activities, nutrition and cooking demonstrations and learned the risk factors and warning signs for cardiovascular disease. This annual event was co-sponsored by the Texas Heart Institute Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, the Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association and Neighborhood Centers Inc.

In the News: Taking a Look at Heart Disease Among WomenDr. Stephanie Coulter featured in report on women and heart disease.

Women are the primary caretakers in most families. Many of us take care of kids AND aging parents. But do we take care of ourselves? Do more women have breast cancer or heart disease? Watch the video (5:10) featuring THI Dr. Stephanie Coulter from (May 4, 2011).


Women's Center Reaches Out

The Texas Heart Institute Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health is making a push to reach out into the community in meaningful ways and to broaden important research into women's heart health. On February 19th the Center provided free health screenings at Vestido Rojo, a daylong health conference at Neighborhood Centers, Inc's (NCI's) Baker-Ripley Community Center. The lipid and glucose screenings were made possible through a grant from Abbott Vascular.

THI partnered in the event with the Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association, Texas Southern University Pharmacy Students and NCI, one of Houston's leading and oldest community centers. The skilled physicians and nurses of THI and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital  helped make this event a particular success.

The Vestido Rojo health conference was created for Latina women and their families to receive culturally relevant messages about heart disease and stroke. We provided cardiovascular disease screenings and recommendations to more than 90 individuals, who otherwise would not have access to this level of care. THI specialists also educated them about their specific cardiovascular risks.

Talking about Women's Heart Health

Texas Executive Women meet at Texas Heart Institute.

Texas Executive Women were welcomed to the Texas Heart Institute on the evening of March 8 for some "Straight Talk" about women and cardiovascular disease with Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director of THI's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health. A light meal and some weighty heart-health education and conversation were enjoyed by all.

Cooking with Heart

Cooking with Heart

An overflow crowd attended "Cooking with Heart" at Central Market on February 10th. At this free event sponsored by Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the Central Market chef demonstrated how to prepare a delectable heart-healthy dinner including * Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, * Jewel Roasted Vegetables, * Herbed Quinoa, * Pesto Crusted Salmon, and * Espresso Cake with Raspberry Sauce.

Dr. Scott Sherron, THI cardiologist (in photo), and Rita Zapien, St. Luke's registered dietitian, were on hand to discuss heart health tips.

A Healthy Heart is Fashionable

The Heart of a Woman Fashion Show and Luncheon Feb. 5, 2011

As part of Heart Month 2011 heart-health awareness efforts, Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director of the Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, was an honoree and the keynote speaker on Feb. 5 at The Heart of a Woman Fashion Show and Luncheon sponsored by The Elnita McClain Women's Center, Inc. Shown are, from left, Delores Hadnott with the American Red Cross; Dr. Coulter; Dr. Edith Clark from the Women's Missionary Society, Texas Conference; Honorary Chairperson Dr. Baxter Montgomery; American Heart Association volunteer Traci Jackson; and event emcee the Rev. Dr. Michael P. Williams. For more photos from the event, see the Texas Heart Institute Flickr site.

Inaugural continuing medical education event a resounding success

Symposium focused on women and cardiovascular disease.Only 8% of primary care physicians, 13% of OB/GYNs and 17% of cardiologists are aware that more women than men die each year from heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Many are also unaware that heart attack symptoms in women differ from those in men and that women respond differently to treatments. To address this awareness gap, the Texas Heart Institute Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be offering an annual symposium titled Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. The inaugural event, on September 11, 2010, was a resounding success with more than 100 participants. The presenters' expertise and enthusiasm engaged participants throughout the 6-hour program and the high participation rate evidenced the interest and need for such a program among medical professionals. The Second Annual Symposium will be held October 1, 2011.

City of Houston Joins in Announcement

Houston Mayor Annise ParkerOn October 7, 2010, the Texas Heart Institute joined with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and a host of other dignitaries to announce the establishment of the new Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health. View a video clip of the event.


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