Dr. Martha Gulati is an internationally recognized expert on women’s heart disease. She’s Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at The University of Arizona in Phoenix, where she is creating a centre specifically for Women’s Cardiovascular Health. The best-selling co-author with Sherry Torkos of the book, Saving Women’s Hearts, Dr. Martha is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart, a Scientific Advisory Board member of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and a board member of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology, the Phoenix American Heart Association and other notable organizations.
Dr. Martha’s coming all the way from Arizona to speak at my annual Heart Month presentation called Heart-Smart Women. What I’m now affectionately calling The Martha and Carolyn Show is taking place from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Monterey Centre here in Victoria, B.C. – where we’ve already had to move our venue from my usual Monterey Centre classroom to the auditorium in order to accommodate my special rock star guest. This free 90-minute presentation on women’s heart health begins with my own story of misdiagnosis and survival, followed by some scary research findings on women’s “treatment-seeking delay behaviour” (that’s our dangerous reluctance to make a fuss – yes, even in mid-heart attack). Then you’ll learn the answers to Dr. Martha’s trick question: “Is there really a sex difference in heart disease?” – which she describes as “funny and lighthearted – but with important points!” and finally, an overview of cardiac risk factors (including some surprising risks unique to women) and how to address those risks to reduce your own chances of a heart disease diagnosis.
“The medical community in general and women specifically lack information on cardiovascular health and disease in women. This ignorance makes it less likely that women will receive guidance on:
- preventing heart disease
- preventive strategies and referral for needed diagnostic testing
- cardiac rehabilitation
“The public health cost of misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cardiac disease in women is significant.”
So if you’re lucky enough to be already signed up for our presentation here in Victoria on February 28th, you’ll not only learn a lot, but you will understand firsthand how thrilling it feels for me to have this opportunity to reunite with Dr. Martha – and right in my own backyard this time. Find out how to reserve your spot to attend Heart-Smart Women: All About Women and Heart Disease.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 28th, 2017: What a morning! Our Heart-Smart Women in Victoria was a terrific event, full with a waiting list. Dr. Martha was a huge hit (and our audience was especially intrigued by her spectacular heart stilettos!). She is so knowledgeable, skilled, funny, and wise – exactly the kind of cardiologist women want to know is in our corner, working hard to educate both women and her cardiology colleagues about women’s unique heart disease experiences. And it looks like she had a good time in our beautiful city, too, as evidenced via Twitter later that day:
Q: What questions about women’s heart health would you ask Dr. Martha if you were in our audience?
- Does your hospital have a Women’s Heart Clinic yet? If not, why not? (more on the report called Focused Cardiovascular Care for Women, co-authored by Dr. Martha Gulati)
- My recent and upcoming presentations