As part of a Special Briefing for News Media at The Paley Center for Media in New York today, one panel discussion delved into the many unique aspects of heart disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention for those conditions that occur predominantly in older women.
• C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Director,Woman’s Heart Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Bairey Merz’s research interests include mental stress and heart disease, the role of exercise and stress management in reversing disease and the role of nutrition in heart disease. She is a recognized authority on heart disease and stress.
• Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, M.D., Program Director, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Desvigne-Nickens, who is responsible for scientific development of research programs focused on prevention, recognition and treatment in cardiovascular medicine, is particularly interested in developing ways to personalize medicine that can improve cardiovascular health for women and minorities.
• Alexandra Lansky, M.D., Director, Yale Women’s Heart Center, New Haven, Conn. Dr. Lansky has served as the principal investigator on numerous angiographic and intravascular ultrasound core laboratory studies. Under her leadership, the Yale Women’s Heart Center pursues gender-based outcomes research and education in interventional cardiology and prevention.
• Ileana Piña, M.D., Professor of medicine, professor of epidemiology/biostatistics Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Piña, a cardiologist and heart failure/transplant expert, is internationally recognized for her research in rehabilitation and recovery of heart failure patients and how heart failure presents differently in men and women. She is a recurrent presenter/speaker in the World Congress of Cardiology in Spain, Argentina, Germany and China.
• Chet Rihal, M.D., Chairperson, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Dr. Rihal Rihal’s clinical interests are interventional cardiology (particularly structural heart disease intervention), use of ventricular support devices for high-risk angioplasty and management of acute coronary syndromes. He’s a recognized expert on apical ballooning syndrome — also called broken heart syndrome. This condition mimics heart attack symptoms of shortness of breath and chest pain and can be triggered by severe emotional stress. It most often affects postmenopausal women.
Jonathon LaPook, M.D., a medical correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” and an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, moderated the panel discussion.