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Health professionals, community invited to Louisville Symposium on Heart Disease in Women

by Tiffany Meredith, UofL Physicians last modified May 22, 2014 10:48 AM

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, hypertension and stroke, is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Long thought to be a disease primarily affecting men, cardiovascular disease actually kills more women than men on an annual basis.

Although heart disease is a multi-factored, complex disorder, it is preventable, but education for both patients and health care professionals about the prevention, recognition and treatment of heart disease in women is essential.

To help in this educational effort, Dr. Kendra Grubb, a cardiovascular surgeon with University of Louisville Physicians, has organized the 2014 Louisville Symposium on Heart Disease in Women, the first of what is planned to be an annual event. The conference is designed to provide physicians, nurses, allied health professional and the community with up-to-date information pertaining to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women.

Two dozen doctors, most from UofL Physicians, are scheduled to speak.

The one-day conference will be held Saturday, June 28, at the Rudd Heart & Lung Center,  16th Floor Conference Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way in Louisville. It will begin at 7 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, with the program starting at 8 a.m. The event will end at 5 p.m.

Continuing medical education (CME) credit is available.

Current guidelines and trends in the field of cardiovascular medicine will be addressed, especially as they relate to:

  • ·         Ischemic heart disease
  • ·         Valvular heart disease
  • ·         Heart failure
  • ·         Arrhythmias
  • ·         Congenital heart disease in adults
  • ·         Cardiac imaging and diagnostics
  • ·         Therapeutic dilemmas in cardiovascular management in women 

The goal of the conference for attendees is to:

  • ·         Identify emerging controversies in cardiovascular disease and treatments
  • ·         ​Apply current guidelines in the medical management of heart disease in women
  • ·         Review cardiac risk factors in women and opportunities for implementing new prevention strategies
  • ·         Describe the differences in risk, presentation, diagnosis and treatment for women with atrial fibrillation
  • ·         Describe the trends, treatments and intervention strategies of cardiovascular disease in women
  • ·         Cite emerging data in support of specific medical recommendations and surgical procedures in management of heart disease
  • ·         Utilize emerging novel approaches and strategies to treating heart, vascular and valve conditions
  • ·         Understand the utilization of surgical techniques in the treatment of heart disease in women

To see the agenda, click here.

All are welcome at the conference, but registration is required. Costs are:

·         Physicians: $100

·         Allied health professionals/nurses: $50

·         Community: $25

·         Students/residents/fellows: Free with registration before May 2

To register, click here

For more about the conference, visit louisvilleheartdiseasewomen.com or call 502-561-2180.

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