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Women's Cardiovascular Health
Best-selling author Dr. Martha Gulati joins the CardioNerds squad, Carine Hamo, Heather Kagan, Amit Goyal, and Daniel Ambinder for an unbelievable discussion relevant to anyone taking care of women. Topics discussed include disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes in women vs men, sex specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease, special considerations for the evaluation of women presenting with chest pain, and cardiac conditions that have a female predominance, how to be a trailblazer in cardiovascular medicine and so much more!
The CardioNerds discuss Women’s Cardiovascular Prevention with Dr. Leslie Cho, Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Amit, Dan and Carine take a deep dive into women’s cardiovascular prevention and discuss the epidemiology, unique risk factors, different manifestations of CVD and treatment strategies to lower cardiovascular risk in women. Tune in as we discuss cases from the CardioNerds Women’s Clinic to learn more!
CardioNerds (Amit Goyal & Carine Hamo) discuss the past, present, and future of Women’s Heart Health & Women in Cardiology with Dr. Nanette Wenger, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wenger is a true leader in the field of women’s heart health and a strong proponent for women in cardiology and medicine. Her passion, dedication, and advocacy have inspired countless trainees to carry this torch and continue to build on her truly impactful work. Special introduction by Dr. Martha Gulati and birthday wishes to Dr. Wenger by the entire CardioNerds Team! Special thanks to Dr. Kimberly Manning for her invaluable mentorship.
CardioNerds (Amit Goyal & Daniel Ambinder) join join UCLA cardiology fellows (Jay Patel, Hillary Shapiro, and Ruth Hsiao) for some beach bonfire in Santa Monica! They discuss a challenging case of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) requiring heart transplantation. Dr. Jonathan Tobis provides the E-CPR and program director Dr. Karol Watson provides a message for applicants. Episode notes were developed by Johns Hopkins internal medicine resident Evelyn Song with mentorship from University of Maryland cardiology fellow Karan Desai.
CardioNerds (Amit Goyal & Daniel Ambinder) join University of Pittsburgh Medical Center cardiology fellows (Agnes Koczo, Natalie Stokes, and Kayle Shapero) for a boat cruise down the Allegheny river as we tour all over beautiful Pittsburgh! They discuss an important case of severe pre-eclampsia, and explore some of the exciting dimensions of cardio-obstetrics. Dr. Malamo Eleni Countouris provides the E-CPR and program director Dr. Katie Berlacher provides a message for applicants. Episode notes were developed by Johns Hopkins internal medicine resident Tommy Das with mentorship from University of Maryland cardiology fellow Karan Desai.
CardioNerds (Amit Goyal & Daniel Ambinder) join Cleveland Clinic cardiology fellows (Ben Alencherry, Erika Hutt, Zach Il’Giovine, Kara Denby) for some delicious craft beer at Platform Brewery! They discuss a challenging case of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with Papillary Muscle Rupture. Dr. Vidyasagar Kalahasti provides the E-CPR and program director Dr. Venu Menon provides a message for applicants. Episode notes were developed by Johns Hopkins internal medicine resident, Eunice Dugan, with mentorship from University of Maryland cardiology fellow Karan Desai.
- Gulati, M., & Merz, C. (2016). Advances in Lipid Therapy: The Role of Lipid Treatment in Women in Primary Prevention. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases.
- Gulati, M. (2017). Improving the Cardiovascular Health of Women in the Nation: Moving beyond the Bikini Boundaries. Circulation, 135(6), 495-498. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
- Wenger NK (2005) Women in cardiology: The US experience. Heart.
- Douglas PS, Rzeszut AK, Noel Bairey Merz C, Duvernoy CS, Lewis SJ, Walsh MN, Gillam L (2018) Career preferences and perceptions of cardiology among us internal medicine trainees factors influencing cardiology career choice. JAMA Cardiol.
- Wenger NK, Speroff L, Packard B (1993) Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women. N Engl J Med.
- Burgess S, Shaw E, Zaman S (2019) Women in Cardiology. Circulation.
Meet our experts!
Martha Gulati, MD
Dr. Martha Gulati completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada and her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She previously served as the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and the section director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University. She currently serves as division chief of Cardiology for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. She is also editor-in-chief of ACC’s CardioSmart.
Dr. Gulati has made incredible contributions to researching cardiovascular disease in women. She is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project, a co-investigator on the Women Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE); previously served as a co-investigator on the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI); a member of numerous advisory boards and societies, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology; and has published articles in The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She is also the best-selling author of Saving Women’s Hearts!
Leslie Cho, MD
Dr. Leslie Cho is a professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine Case Western Reserve Medical School and serves as Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. She is also Section Head, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cho received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and took her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center where she received the John Humphrey Award as Most Outstanding Internal Medicine Resident. Her clinical training continued when she accepted a fellowship in cardiology, followed by a fellowship in interventional cardiology and peripheral disease, both from Cleveland Clinic.
Nanette Wenger, MD
Dr. Nanette Wenger is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wenger received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1954 as one of their first female graduates followed by training at Mount Sinai Hospital where she was the first female to be chief resident in the cardiology department. She is among the first physicians to focus on heart disease in women with an expertise in cardiac rehabilitation and geriatric medicine.
Dr. Wenger has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association and its Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award, the James D. Bruce Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine, the Gold Heart Award, the highest award of the American Heart Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and the Inaugural Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Distinguished Award, American College of Cardiology. She chaired the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women, is a Past President of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and is past Chair, Board of Directors of the Society for Women’s Health Research. Dr. Wenger serves on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is a sought-after lecturer for issues related to heart disease in women, heart disease in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, coronary prevention, and contemporary cardiac care. She is listed in Best Doctors in America.