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Dr. Stephanie Coulter

Dr. Stephanie Coulter, Director
Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health

Thank you for visiting the THI Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health website! I am thrilled to be the Center's Director. Our goal is to have a significant impact on the human suffering and the escalating costs associated with heart disease in women and we're well on the road with research and programs under way. For the 43 million American women* and 600,000 Texas women living with some form of cardiovascular disease, and for the families and communities who depend on them, we can and we must.

A tall order? Yes, but we're uniquely situated to fill it.

THI is a leading heart research and education center with a long track record of life-saving discovery, and our physician-scientists are fully committed to making a difference. For 23 consecutive years we have been ranked among the top 10 heart centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Because our ground-breaking research programs are physician led, we can identify critical medical issues and translate discoveries into improved treatments much more quickly. In the case of better women's heart health, there's no time to waste.

Houston's population is among the most ethnically diverse, obese and un- and under-insured populations in the U.S., so it is particularly vulnerable to heart and vascular diseases, and half of Houston's residents are women. Research conducted and programs developed here will not only benefit a significant portion of our own population, they will be scalable and replicable throughout the region and will inform research and treatment throughout the world.

Our goal is to have a significant impact on the human suffering and the escalating costs associated with heart disease in women and we feel like we're already making a difference with research and programs under way.

Stephanie A. Coulter, MD  (Director's Biography)
Director, Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health

Watch the video clips below to hear Dr. Coulter discuss
the mission of the Center.

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Standing strong for women...together.WomenHeart

THI’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health is pleased to be a member of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, the only national organization dedicated to promoting women’s heart health. Together, we act as a strong voice dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for the 42 million American women living with heart disease and other women at risk.

WomenHeart Houston, one of the WomenHeart Support Networks providing peer-to-peer, patient support for women living with heart disease, meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This Houston chapter is run by two former heart patients of Texas Heart Institute at CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rebecca Trahan and Lisa Hulick.

Ways to Support Us

Find out how you can help us conquer heart disease once and for all. You may contact the Development Office at 832-355-3792 or by e-mail, We welcome the opportunity to provide detailed information about Texas Heart Institute programs in research and education and ways you can help.

Thank you again for visiting our website. Please come back often to keep up to date on information and breakthroughs regarding women's heart and vascular health, including how our research is translating directly into better care and health for all the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers and other significant women in our lives and our community.

*See WomenHeart for latest statistics.

Updated July 2014
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