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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Update in Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care for Women 2014

Massachusetts General Hospital


Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Haber Conference Room, Blake 1
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114


Onsite registration will be open on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 a.m. in the Haber Conference Room.


Cardiovascular Disease remains the leading cause of mortality in women. Despite advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, the rate of overall mortality reduction from this disease lags in women. There are unique differences in the method of presentation, diagnosis and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease between men and women. There are also cardiovascular conditions that occur solely, or predominantly in women including: stress cardiomyopathy, spontaneous coronary artery dissection, microvascular ischemia and pregnancy-related cardiac complications. There is also an emerging group of women who are survivors of female cancers, who are now exhibiting cardiotoxicities from their cancer therapies.

The live CME event will discuss the differences between men and women with cardiovascular disease, vascular disease, and stroke. The goal of this course is to improve patient care through education about these issues. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of each presentation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

1.  Identify the scope of cardiovascular disease in women and be able to list differences in the clinical presentation of heart disease in women versus men.
2.  Assess the appropriate diagnostic/therapeutic pathway for evaluation of women with chest pain.
3.  Describe the unique features of heart failure in women and how biomarker utilization and imaging can help streamline this process.
4.  Discuss the approach to pregnant women with heart disease and cardiovascular complications of pregnancy.
5.  Describe the proposed pathophysiology of endothelial dysfunction in women including microvascular ischemia and present diagnostic and therapeutic options.
6. Identify spontaneous coronary artery dissection and fibromuscular dysplasia and implications for future care.
7. Assess the appropriate stroke care for women.
8. Describe the emerging field of cardio-oncology and unique features to women
9. Review of the evidence based cardiovascular prevention guidelines for women


7:30 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Malissa J. Wood, MD & Nandita Scott, MD

8:10 a.m.

Epidemiology and Evaluating Risk for Heart Disease in Women
Claudia Chae, MD

8:50 a.m.

Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: ETT vs. Nuclear Imaging
Shawn Gregory, MD

9:30 a.m.

Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Stress Echo
Danita Yoerger Sanborn, MD

10:10 a.m


10:20 a.m.

Diagnostic Workup for Cardiovascular Disease in Women: CT and MR
Sanjeev Francis, MD

11:00 a.m.

Cardiac Risks of Pregnancy
Nandita Scott, MD

11:40 a.m.

Pregnancy in the Adult Congenital Patient
Doreen Defaria-Yeh, MD

12:30 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Case Review – Bring your own Cases
Maria T. Vivaldi, MD

1:30 p.m.

Microvascular Ischemia
Nandita Scott, MD

2:10 p.m.

Spontaneous Coronary Dissection
Malissa J. Wood, MD

2:50 p.m.

Unique Features of Vascular Disease in Women
Michael R. Jaff, DO

3:30 p.m.


3:40 p.m.

Stroke Care in Women
Erica C. Camargo, MD

4:20 p.m.

Unique Aspects of Heart Failure in Women
Kimberly A. Parks, DO

5:00 p.m.

Cardio Oncology
Erica L. Mayer, MD, MPH

5:30 p.m.


Target Audience

Cardiologists, fellows, hospitalists, internal medicine specialists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents and vascular medicine specialists


Full Fee $295
Early bird registration $245
Fellows, Residents, and Allied Health Professionals $245

Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received by email to by April 11, 2014. No refunds will be made thereafter. A $20 handling fee will be deducted for the cancellation.

Sponsored by:

Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Partners HealthCare System

CME Information


Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.