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


Jon R. Sherman, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Sherman earned his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. After completing his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Dr. Sherman completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Sherman has expertise in complex coronary interventions with extensive experience in cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, coronary atherectomy and stenting, and intracoronary ultrasound, as well as nuclear cardiac imaging, echocardiography, cardiac arrhythmia detection and management, cardiac pacing, and cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Sherman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.  He has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine and University of California, Riverside, Schools of Medicine. After practicing in Fullerton, Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs, CA, Dr. Sherman currently  practices full time at Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA where he is the Medical Director of the Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA.

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