|One of the nation's leading experts on cardiovascular disease and women, Nanette K. Wenger, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology for Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, will address cardiologists, internists, obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals from across the country on Saturday, March 6, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. She will co-direct and participate in the American College of Cardiology's Extramural Program entitled, "Heart Disease in Women: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?"
The program precedes the American College of Cardiology's 53rd Annual Scientific Sessions, 2004 (March 7 through March 10) in New Orleans. Dr. Wenger will present "Women and Heart Disease" and "Coronary Revascularization in Women" at the extramural program. She will also give a Plenary Session presentation on "Controversies in Hormone Replacement Therapy and Coronary Heart Disease in Women."
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) takes the lives of nearly twice as many women in the United States than all forms of cancer, including breast cancer, Dr. Wenger points out. "There is increasing attention in the medical community that women are at risk for heart disease. However, increased attention is needed by treating physicians and other healthcare professionals to all aspects of clinical care for cardiovascular disease as it pertains specifically to women. The ACC program offers a review of this important information including care of heart disease during pregnancy , how to choose the best diagnostic strategy for chest pain in women, management of congestive heart failure, gender difference in quality indicators for cardiovascular and more," says Dr. Wenger, who was a co-author of the American Heart Association's (AHA) recently announced new guidelines for the prevention of CVD in women.
Dr. Wenger has authored or co-authored over 1000 scientific and review articles and book chapters. She is often credited in large part with changing the reputation of heart disease as solely a man's disease. As a researcher, she has uncovered significant differences in how heart disease affects women and men. She was also among the first physician-scientists to speak out about the great under-representation of women subjects in medical research .In February, Dr. Wenger was named one of the top U.S. experts in cardiac care for women by "Good Housekeeping" magazine; she was also recognized by "Woman's Day" magazine with the Red Dress Award for her work in the field of women's cardiovascular health.