Karen Sauer manages her Parkinson's Disease with medication and exercise. But in February 2018, Karen experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as a SCAD.
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- MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
- Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center
American Board Certifications
- Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
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Dr. Wood was PI of an echocardiographic study, Echocardiographic Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function with Prolonged Strenuous Exercise. This study enrolled nearly 80 subjects and examined changes in systolic and diastolic function that occur after short and long distance strenuous exercise. Her team quantified serum biomarkers in athletes who ran in the 2004/2005 Boston Marathon, presented this data nationally and published two manuscripts in the European Heart Journal and Circulation in 2006.
She was also co-PI of the study, Echocardiographic Assessment of Changes in Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Function in Elite Endurance Athletes, involving echocardiographic evaluation of Olympic speed skaters. It examined the effect of intense training and short duration, high-intensity exercise on systolic and diastolic left and right ventricular function. She helped develop the Harvard Athlete Initiative, a 3-year project involving electrocardiographic and echocardiographic screening of Harvard athletes.
She served as the PI for the HAPPY Heart study, a pilot examining cardiovascular disease prevention in low income women with cardiovascular risk factors. This susbjects in the study received an evaluation of risk factors, exercise ability and psychosocial factors. It also includes echocardiography and carotid intimal-medial thickness measurement. This 2-year program lead to significant improvements in heart disease risk factors, stress and anxiety levels, Dr. Wood is now the co-PI for the NIRVANA trial which examines the use of nevibolol in symptom relief and exercise tolerance in microvascular ischemia. She is also the co-PI of a prospective study examining clinical and genetic features in adults with a history of spontaneous coronary artery dissection.
- Patient Story
- Jan | 31 | 2019
Maja Milosavljevic was just 25 years old when she experienced a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart.
- Jun | 13 | 2018
Episode #4 of the Charged podcast
- Patient Story
- Jan | 30 | 2019
Nicole Reardon, a mother, wife and teacher. She was just 29 years old when she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an emergency condition where a tear forms in a heart blood vessel.