Update in Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care
for Women 2014


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Course Description

Saturday, May 3, 2014
8:00 am-5:30 pm

Cardiovascular Disease remains the leading cause of mortality in women. Despite advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, the rate of overall mortality reduction from this disease lags in women. There are unique differences in the method of presentation, diagnosis and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease between men and women. There are also cardiovascular conditions that occur solely, or predominantly in women including: stress cardiomyopathy,spontaneous coronary artery dissection, microvascular ischemia and pregnancy related cardiac complications. There is also an emerging group of women who are survivors of female cancers, who are now exhibiting cardiotoxicities from their cancer therapies. The live CME event will discuss the differences between men and women with cardiovascular disease, vascular disease and stroke. The goal of this course is to improve patient care through education about these issues. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of each presentation.

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Course Objectives

Meet our speakers:


Erica Camargo, MD
Assistant in Neurology

Claudia U. Chae, MD
Associate Physician
Medical Director of Cardiac Unit Associates

Doreen DeFaria Yeh, MD
Assistant Physician
Subspecialty Education Coordinator in Cardiology

Sanjeev A. Francis, MD
Director, Cardio-Oncology Program

Shawn A. Gregory, MD
Associate Physician, Cardiology

Michael R. Jaff, DO
Medical Director, Mass General Vascular Center
Medical Director, Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory

Erica L. Mayer, MD, MPH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Kimberly A. Parks, DO, FACC
Assistant Physician, Heart Failure and Transplantation Service

Danita Yoerger Sanborn, MD     
Medical Director, Paul Dudley White Associates
Associate Physician

Nandita S. Scott, MD
Co-Director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program

Maria T. Vivaldi, MD
Assistant Physician, Cardiology

Malissa J. Wood, MD
Co-Director, Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program

Upon completion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the scope of cardiovascular disease in women and be able to list differences in the clinical presentation of heart disease in women versus men
  • Assess the appropriate diagnostic/therapeutic pathway for evaluation of women with chest pain
  • Describe the unique features of heart failure in women and how biomarker utilization and imaging can help streamline this process
  • Discuss the approach to pregnant women with heart disease and cardiovascular complications of pregnancy
  • Describe the proposed pathophysiology of endothelial dysfunction in women including microvascular ischemia and present diagnostic and therapeutic options
  • Identify spontaneous coronary artery dissection and fibromuscular dysplasia and implications for future care
  • Assess the appropriate stroke care for women
  • Describe the emerging field of cardio-oncology and unique features to women
  • Review of the evidence based cardiovascular prevention guidelines for women

Program Agenda

7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Introduction
Malissa J. Wood, MD, and Nandita S. Scott, MD
8:10 am Epidemiology and Evaluating Risk for Heart Disease in Women
Claudia U. Chae, MD
8:50 am Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: ETT vs. Nuclear Imaging
Shawn A. Gregory, MD
9:30 am Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Stress Echo
Danita Yoerger Sanborn, MD
10:10 am Break
10:20 am Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: CT and MR
Sanjeev A. Francis, MD
11:00 am Cardiac Risks of Pregnancy
Nandita S. Scott, MD
11:40 am Pregnancy in the Adult Congenital
Doreen Defaria Yeh, MD
12:30 pm Cardiac Risks of Pregnancy
1:00 pm Case review – Bring your own cases
Maria T. Vivaldi, MD
1:30 pm Microvascular Ischemia
Nandita S. Scott, MD
2:10 pm Spontaneous Coronary Dissection
Malissa J. Wood, MD
2:50 pm Unique Features of Vascular Disease in Women
Michael R. Jaff, DO
3:30 pm Break
3:40 pm Stroke Care in Women
Erica Camargo, MD, PhD
4:20 pm Unique Aspects of Heart Failure in Women
Kimberly A. Parks, DO
5:00 pm Cardio-Oncology
Erica L. Mayer, MD, MPH
4:20 pm Adjourn

Target Audience

Cardiologists, fellows, hospitalists, internal medicine specialists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and vascular medicine specialists

Program Fee

$245 - Early bird registration, allied health professionals, fellows and residents


Massachusetts General Hospital
O’Keeffe Auditorium
Blake Building, 1st Floor
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114


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Sponsored by:

Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care
Partners HealthCare 

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