Annual Women’s Heart & Vascular Symposium

January 26, 2019

Program Overview

Heart and vascular disease remain the leading contributor to morbidity and mortality among both women and men. While the decrease in mortality among women is well documented, the decline still lags behind that of men, with an alarming tendency towards an increase mortality rate among younger women.

Greater life expectancy for women, together with improvements in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular, will lead to a larger proportion of women living with disease. Substantial sex differences in the burden of different manifestations of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, heart failure, and peripheral artery disease, are widely recognized and must be addressed as new research and best practices are developed.

The Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health sponsors this important, annual symposium to provide updates on the most current issues concerning cardiovascular disease in women. First held in 2010, this program is an accredited, day-long symposium for all healthcare providers caring for women today.



Course Director: Stephanie Coulter, MD
Credits Offered: 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Learning Objectives:

  • Cite the identification of cardiac risk factors in women.
  • Review and clarify current guidelines for prevention, treatment and diagnosis of heart disease and stroke in women.
  • Discuss and clarify cardiovascular risk stratification of female patients, which will be used to guide preventative treatment strategies.
  • Discuss and implement current and new diagnostic tools and techniques.
  • Develop reliable diagnostic techniques that provide guidance to physicians in developing treatment.
  • Discuss challenges of healthcare related to cardiovascular treatment and research in women.
  • Review treatment and health promotion activities that typically require action from multiple parties, including clinicians, the broader healthcare team, and the system in which health care is delivered, as well as patients.

Target Audience

The goal of this symposium is to educate the physicians caring for women today including; cardiologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, internal medicine, family practice, endocrinologists, and nurse practitioners about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment strategies for heart disease in women.


7:00 am    
Registration & Breakfast

7:55             Welcome | James T. Willerson, MD &  Stephanie Coulter, MD

8:05            KEYNOTE

SPRINT MIND: Beyond the Heart: Impact of Blood Pressure on Cognitive Decline & Dementia
Jeff D. Williamson, MD , MHS 
Department of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Stitch Center
Winston-Salem, NC        

Session I | Prevention Guidelines Update 2019

9:05 – 9:35
Cholesterol Guidelines: It is All About Risk—Personalized Risk Assessment, LDL & and New Risk-Enhancing Factors | Salim Virani, MD, PhD

9:35 – 10:05
Hypertension Guidelines: The New Lowdown on Blood Pressure| Addison Taylor, MD, PhD

10:05 – 10:15

Session II | Treatment Guidelines Update 2019

10:15 – 10:45
Treatment of Acute STEMI in Women- The Investigation Continues | George Younis, MD

10:45 – 11:15
Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Women with Type II Diabetes— Finally Finding the Sweet Spot | David Aguilar, MD

11:15 – 11:45
Panel Discussion | Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC, FASE

Lunch | Focused Research & Training Network

11:45 – 1:00pm
Case Presentations |David Burkland, MD & Alexander Postalian, MD

Session III | Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy

1:00 – 1:30
Hypertension in Pregnancy | Briana Costello, MD

1:30 – 2:00
Cardiomyopathies in Pregnant Women | Stephanie Coulter, MD

2:00 – 2:30

Session IV | New Surgical Techniques & Updates

2:30 – 2:50
To Clip or Not to Clip: New Research on the Mitral Valve Repair Stage |   Pranav Loyalka, MD

2:50 – 3:10
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy| James Livesay, MD, FACS

3:10 – 3:30
Atrial Fibrillation & Cardiovascular Surgery | Jennifer Cozart, MD

3:30 – 3:50
Words of Wisdom from my Ticker to Yours: The Future of Mechanical Circulatory Support |  O.H. Frazier, MD

3:50 – 4:10
Panel Discussion | Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC, FASE

4:10 – 4:30      
Closing Remarks | Stephanie Coulter, MD, FACC, FASE

4:30 pm 


Stephanie Coulter, MD  (Course Director)
Director, Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health
Director, Cardiology Education, Texas Heart Institute
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Associate Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology
CHI Health—Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Houston, TX

David Aguilar, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology
The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences
University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health

David Burkland, MD
Fellow, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

Briana Costello, MD
Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

O.H. Frazier, MD
Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Research Laboratories
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX

James Livesay, MD
Clinical Professor, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute
Associate Surgeon at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Houston, TX

Pranav Loyalka, MD
UT Physicians Center For Advanced Heart Failure Cardiovascular Disease
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology,
CHI Health—Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Houston, TX

Addison Taylor, MD​
Professor, Medicine- Hypertension
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Salim Virani, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine – Cardiology Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, Baylor College of Medicine
Investigator, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Staff Cardiologist, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Associate Professor with tenure, Section of Cardiovascular Research, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Jeff D. Williamson, MD , MHS (Keynote)
Department of Internal Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Sticht Center
Winston-Salem, NC

George Younis, MD
Associate Program Director
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Texas Heart Institute
Houston, TX



There are several hotels in the Texas Medical Center:

Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street
Phone: 713-796-0080

Hilton Houston Plaza
6633 Travis Street
Phone: 713-313-4000

InterContinental Houston – Medical Center
6750 Main St, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713-422-2779



Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.