Female cardiologists chat about heart disease

8 Jul


by Carolyn Thomas  @HeartSisters

Only 7% of the world’s cardiologists are women.  Pity.  In these two videos, you’ll get an opportunity to eavesdrop on some of the best of this elite group as they discuss ‘The Heart of a Woman’.

The first film highlights four cardiologists: Dr. Sharonne Hayes, founder of Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic, Dr. Paula Johnson and Dr. JoAnn Manson, both of Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Ileana Piña of Case Western University.

Their topic, All About Eve, covers the similarities and differences in how men and women experience heart disease.   For example, women’s fat tissue produces more inflammatory chemicals that are now believed to increase our risk of heart disease. Women’s arteries are smaller than men’s, so women have more microvascular or small vessel disease, compared to the obstructive coronary heart disease of men.

The second film features cardiologists Dr. Jennifer Mieres, New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Rita Redberg, Women’s Cardiovascular Services, University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. JoAnne Foody, Harvard Medical School.

This trio discusses The Battle of the Sexes, examining the differences in diagnosis and treatment of men and women with heart disease.  The exercise treadmill test, for example, which is a staple of cardiac diagnostics, is less sensitive and less accurate for women, causing both false positive and false negative test results. Blood tests for the telltale cardiac enzyme troponin are often negative in women even in mid-heart attacks.  Even angiograms, considered the ‘gold standard’ of cardiac diagnostics, can miss women who have fewer plaque deposits but more blood vessel wall erosion caused by diffuse plaque.

Each film is about 25 minutes long and worth every minute.  So make a pot of tea, relax and settle in to watch:

  • All about Eve: The differences in pathophysiology of heart disease  between men and women
  • Battle of the Sexes: Disparities in treatment and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease in men and women

3 Responses to “Female cardiologists chat about heart disease”

  1. Hamed October 21, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    I need to get some info numbers from an echocardiogram report: what are FS/ ef / lv…?


    • Carolyn Thomas October 21, 2011 at 6:13 am #

      Hello Hamed

      – EF = Ejection fraction: The amount of blood pumped out of a ventricle during each heartbeat. The ejection fraction evaluates how well the heart is pumping.
      – LV = Left ventricle: The chamber on the left side of the heart that receives arterial blood from the left atrium and pumps it into the aorta.
      – FS = Fractional shortening is the fraction of any diastolic dimension (when ventricles relax and fill with blood again between beats) that is lost in the contraction (systole) of the ventricles.

      More info on these definitions at this glossary of terms.

      But the very best resource is to ask your doctor to clearly explain test results for you.


  2. DR. ZAFAR KHAN July 14, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    contect for patient


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