Women and Heart Disease
What You Don't Know May Kill You

Summary

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, advisor and supporter of this Forum in addition to others in the The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums series.

Deadlier than all forms of cancer combined, heart disease is the leading cause of death of U.S. women. Sometimes this killer comes with symptoms signaling a potentially deadly problem. Sometimes not. Even when symptoms manifest, the signs in women can be so different from those in men that the symptoms are misdiagnosed or overlooked. This Forum event provided a concise overview of the causes and forms of heart disease in women — and then explored today’s leading-edge prevention and treatment strategies. The inaugural event in The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums, this webcast was in collaboration with The Huffington Post.

 

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  • cyndi wilkins

    Thank you for this….So important for women of ALL ages…

  • The Forum Moderator

    Welcome everyone. We will be starting in a few minutes.

  • The Forum Moderator

    We’ll be starting in another minute or two.

  • cyndi wilkins

    Thank you…thought it was me!

    • The Forum Moderator

      Glad you could join!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Our event has started. Welcome!

  • The Forum Moderator

    This clip is courtesy of The Huffington Post, which is our media collaborator today.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the U.S.

  • ReadER451

    My internet connection is not working well. If I cannot continue to watch the live stream, will a recording be available afterwards?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Hi, Yes, we will post the full-length video on this page either tomorrow or Monday. Thanks! We’ll also post it in YouTube and iTunesU.

      • ReadER451

        Thank you!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Know your numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure etc), suggests JoAnn Manson.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Do you have a question for our panelists? Post them here. Or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu.

  • The Forum Moderator

    It’s never too late to improve your heart health, says Frank Sacks.

  • The Forum Moderator

    There is a disagreement over how low sodium levels should be, says Sacks, but sodium levels generally are too high. Women and older people in particular are susceptible to effects of sodium.

  • cyndi wilkins

    How accurate are the home BP monitors? I have been diagnosed hypertensive and have had a cardiac ablation in 2013….I am monitoring BP at home and getting conflicting readings.

    • The Forum Moderator

      Great question. Thanks!

  • Mario

    a question: for Chagas disease, being a woman increases the risk of developing heart disorders?

  • The Forum Moderator

    Stephanie Mohl from the American Heart Association is joining us from the International Stroke Conference in Nashville.

  • The Forum Moderator

    This PSA is from the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

  • clea_simon

    I’ve just lost the stream. Is this me or the system?

  • cyndi wilkins

    System…me too.

  • Mario

    the conference was stopped

  • wmscottp

    Hello forum moderator. Is the panel taking questions from webcast viewers?

  • Kim

    I’m getting a message that the media clip can’t be found.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Hi Viewers, we’re having some technical issues. Please bear with us.

  • This malfunction occurs frequently

  • The panel just came back! 🙂

  • Mario

    I want to know if the speakers answered my question while the system was not working?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Hi Mario, no, not yet. We haven’t started the Q&A yet.

  • wmscottp

    hi. would a panel expert discuss any recent findings in early biomarker detection in the prevention of heart disease

  • sue lee

    Does anyone have any comment on the relatively new diagnostic tool for CVD called endoPAT and how it compares to the gold standard of cardiac catheterization?

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thanks viewers for your questions. Our Q&A will begin shortly, and we’ll get to as many questions as we can.

  • Alexandria King-Close

    I have a question for the panel: How do the symptoms and prevention differ from women versus men, genetically and also behaviorally?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks Alexandria. Great question.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Early detection of heart disease is important, says Paula Johnson.

  • The Forum Moderator

    JoAnn Manson adds that lifestyle factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyles, contribute to risk and can be addressed.

  • The Forum Moderator

    The “art of medicine” comes into play when trying to assess risk.

  • The Forum Moderator

    You can get a lot of bang for the buck doing moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, says Manson.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Range of symptoms in women can include chest pain or pressure — and also GI upset, overwhelming fatigue, shortness of breath, for example.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Forum viewers — we’re so appreciative that you could join us today. Our event will be ending in a few minutes. We’ll be posting a full-length video on this site early next week, as well as on iTunesU. We’ll post the podcast on iTunesU, too, so you can listen on the go.

    • Alexandria King-Close

      Great Forum!

  • The Forum Moderator

    Apologies if we were unable to get to your questions. We encourage you to continue the conversation by posting on our site.

  • Mario

    my question?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Hi Mario, it looks like the discussion is winding down, but I will see if any of the panelists can answer your question after the event.

  • The Forum Moderator

    Thank you all for joining us today. Join us again on February 26, 12:30pm ET, when we will discuss “Putting Mothers and Babies First: Benefits Across a Lifetime”

  • clea_simon

    Thank you – will this be archived and viewable?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Thanks- yes we will post it in full on this site by early this week.

  • Patricia Molinar-Spero

    There’s such great oppotunity in getting patient’s engaged in their conversations with providers. Health care is an open conversation, a partnership. Medical advise goes on the wayside until we find “time” to speak, listen & consider each patient’s unique lifestyle.
    It is not the sole responsibility of te HCP to deliver this message. More resources must be utilized & made available to all client’s. Most importantly, the patient must be willing to accept a more active role in their own health.
    The medical field can only do so much.
    A HCP visit & prescriptions are not the sole solution.
    Healthy living is collaborative.

  • Great presentation about by Women Heart Disease.Should be all patient must be care to accept active role in their own health.

  • disqus_YsXeLSJpEd

    Just found out today I’m a dead woman walking. I have a greater than 50% chance of having a heart attack. I have all the symptoms, I’m just waiting to die, folks.