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Matters of the Heart
A lecture series exploring the heart, the emotional repercussions of heart disease, and the future of heart repair and replacement.
Five Tuesdays, April 15, 22, and 29; May 6 and 13, 12:00-1:30 pm
Register online

 Houston Seminar

Texas Heart Institute and the Houston Seminar present 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. 

Five Tuesdays: April 15, 22 and 29; May 6 and 13
Noon-1:30 p.m., at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.

  Dr. M. Cristina Ivan 

Dr. Cristina Ivan    
Dr. M. Cristina Ivan, a psychiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine with a special interest in treating patients who are suffering from psychological distress caused by medical conditions, will discuss how to handle the depression, anxiety and grief that sometimes arise in the aftermath of heart disease.


  Dr. Billy Cohn 

Dr. William Dr. Billy Cohn, cardiovascular surgeon and director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation, will discuss 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.

  Dr. Doris Taylor 

Doris Taylor, PhDDr. Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute, will discuss 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. 


Support Group Meetings
for Women with Heart Disease

Join us for our next meeting on April 22

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 womenhearthouston@gmail.com for updates on time, location, and planned group activities. Please join us!  



Join us for the following free event:

"Hormones, Heart Disease, Calcium and Bones"
Saturday, June 14
9 a.m.-noon
Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.
Presented by Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health and Dr. Amy Woodruff, cardiologist and member of Texas Heart Institute's professional staff
To register email lindaschoene@ctkelc.org


For further information about any upcoming events, contact us at women@texasheart.org

To book a speaker, visit the Speakers Bureau page. 

Updated April 2014


If you would like to find a THI heart doctor or need information about keeping your heart healthy, e-mail the
Heart Information Center or call 1-800-292-2221.
 (Outside the U.S., call 1-832-355-6536.)

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center
Through this community outreach program, staff members of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) provide educational information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is not the intention of THI to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided and THI urges you to visit a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your questions.
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