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PHL (V) - Heart Smart: A Women's Guide to Cardiovascular Wellness (May 22, 2024 at 7pm ET)

Heart Smart:  A Woman's Guide to
Cardiovascular Wellness After 50
Dr. Katherine Sherif, MD

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
7pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time
Virtual - Will be Recorded

In 1994, Dr. Sherif developed the first case studies on heart disease in women to be taught in a medical school.  That medical school was the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the former Women’s Medical College founded in 1850 by Philadelphia Quakers as the first medical school in the world for women, which eventually became Drexel University College of Medicine.

The story of this unique medical school is inseparable from the growing recognition of the importance of heart disease in women.  Katherine's female mentors, led by nephrologist Dr Sandra Levison, pioneered women's health in the medical school curriculum, and it became a national model for teaching that women’s health is more than reproductive medicine. 

It shouldn’t have been a novel idea that women experienced heart disease as often as men. The data showed that women having a heart attack were twice as likely to die compared to men, and four times more likely to develop congestive heart failure following a heart attack. Furthermore, a study showed that when physicians were presented with a case about a patient with acute chest pain, if the case was accompanied by photo of a woman vs. a man, the woman was significantly less likely to have a cardiac catheterization than a man for the identical symptoms.  And, as is so often the case, black women were even less likely to get life-saving care.

In this talk, Dr. Sherif will cover how heart disease differs in women:
  • The statistics
  • Symptoms
  • Risk factors that predispose women. Besides conventional risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and family history, there are many non-conventional risk factors that continue to be overlooked, including early menopause, a history of irregular menstrual periods and a history of pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes
  • The physiology of heart disease – what are the types? What does it look like?
  • Diagnostic testing – how it differs in women; why traditional catheterization may miss a heart attack in women
Finally, Dr. Sherif will discuss the most important ways to prevent or delay heart disease. While conventional medical practice continues to lag in the optimal care of women, you will leave this talk with a better understanding of how heart disease differs in women and how not to overlook the signs. She will also share 3 things you can do immediately to significantly decrease your risk of heart disease.  It is never too late.

There will also be time for Q&A throughout her presentation. This session will be recorded. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 
7pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time
Members:   $12
Non-Members:   $22

Katherine Sherif, MD is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine, at Thomas Jefferson University and a board certified internist.  Dr. Sherif leads the practice at Jefferson Women's Primary Care, and mentors students, residents and physicians.  She believes that women's health includes reproductive health, non-reproductive health and the effect of sex hormones on non-reproductive systems.

Dr. Sherif published a text on menopause and hormones, and co-edited a women's health textbook.  In addition, Dr. Sherif served on the writing committee for the American Heart Association "Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women", and co-authored the American College of Physicians' "Screening Mammography for Women 40-49 Years of Age:  A Clinical Guideline".

Dr. Sherif lectures widely on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease; aging, telomeres and supplements; the intestinal biome, hormone therapy for women; heart disease in women and human rights.   

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Marsha Yankelev
Event Coordinator
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