Strong Memorial to Host Women and Heart Disease Symposium

September 08, 2003

"As women reach menopause, they rapidly catch up to their male counterparts and become prone to heart attacks and stroke, which are more often lethal in women."

WHAT:            Women and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium

WHEN:            Noon on Thursday, Sept. 18

WHERE:            Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.

Heart disease has long been thought of as a man’s disease, which is far from true. It is the No. 1 killer of both women and men despite ample information available about prevention. Heart attacks and strokes in women claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, including breast cancer.

“Women generally experience heart attacks and strokes at an older age than men, about 10 years later, which is why the disease’s impact on women is not as widely known,” says Gladys Velarde, M.D., F.A.C.C., Strong Memorial Hospital cardiologist. “As women reach menopause, they rapidly catch up to their male counterparts and become prone to heart attacks and stroke, which are more often lethal in women.”

In an effort to address this growing health problem, Velarde has organized the Women and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium, a day-long event for health care providers in western New York.

Topics will include diagnostic testing and treatment for women and whether they should be different than for male patients; diabetes and heart disease in women; hormone replacement; and valvular heart disease and pregnancy. Presenters include Thomas Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., Leslee J. Shaw, Ph.D., F.A.C.C., Frederick Ling, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., and Jennifer J. Griggs, M.D., M.P.H.

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