Fourth Annual Symposium on Risk, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke presented by Texas Heart Institute
Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. Central Time
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women in the United States. Long thought of as primarily affecting men, we know that CVD—including heart disease, hypertension, and stroke—affects a substantial number of women with the number of CVD deaths for females exceeding those for males since 1984. More than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. Experts estimate that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer. Risk awareness remains alarming and in a recent survey, women believed breast cancer to be five times more prevalent than stroke with 40 percent of the women saying they were only "somewhat" or "not at all" concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for women and kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year. Each year about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. This is because the average life expectancy for women is greater than for men, and the highest rates for stroke are in the oldest age groups.
Program Director: Stephanie Coulter, MD, Director, Texas Heart Institute Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health Associate Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Texas Heart Institute
Keynote Address: Sean I. Savitz, MD, Professor of Neurology, Co-Director, Stroke Program, Department of Neurology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Featuring: Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, Professor of Medicine, Women's Heart Clinic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic; Lisa Hulick and Rebecca Trahan, co-coordinators, WomenHeart Houston Support Network