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Women and Heart Disease - Gender Issues in Heart Research and Health

Author: Jon R. Sherman, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States. In terms of survival rates involving some cardiovascular conditions, it affects women even more than men, and it is currently the number one cause of death in women. Whereas one in 9 women will die from breast cancer, one in 3 women die from a heart attack. In fact, more women die from heart disease than from all other causes combined, and more women than men die from cardiovascular disease each year. The medical literature related to the latest guidelines for healthy lifestyle choices and the prevention, treatment and procedural interventions for women diagnosed with heart disease are discussed, including the treatment benefits and risks.

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Course Syllabus

I. Introduction
II. Incidence of Heart Disease in Women
1. Morbidity and Mortality
III. Etiology of Heart Disease
1. Demographic Factors 
IV. Pregnancy and Heart Disease
1. Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
V. Pathophysiology of Heart Disease
VI. Risk Factors for Heart Disease
1. Modifiable Risk Factors
2. Non-modifiable Risk Factors 
VII. Genetic Risk Factors
VIII. Current Heart Disease Research
1. DOAC versus Warfarin
2. Low Dose Aspirin During Pregnancy 
IX. Diagnosis and Detection
1. Heart Failure and Quality of Life in Women
2. Educating Women on Heart Symptom Recognition 
X. Summary


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