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09 October 2006
Dr. Nanette Wenger is Editor of New Textbook for Physicians
World-renowned Emory University School of Medicine cardiologist Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, is editor of the new textbook, “Women and Heart Disease.” The book provides concise, practical and straightforward information to help physicians care for women with heart disease. Dr. Peter Collins is co-editor.

“Women and Heart Disease” incorporates the latest available information for practicing physicians on everything from sorting through clinical trial results to finding practical answers to complicated questions. The chapters are easy to read and are full of user-friendly charts, graphics and algorithms, helping the reader quickly access information. Chapters are grouped into five sections that include coronary heart disease, pregnancy and hormonal therapies, heart failure, other cardiovascular diseases and related issues. Some of the chapters cover social stress, strain, and heart disease in women, clinical trial evidence, and menopausal hormone therapy.

In a recent book review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, described Dr. Wenger’s chapter -- “Clinical Trial Evidence for Women’s Cardiovascular Health: What We Know and What We Must Learn” -- as a “treasure.”

“This chapter puts the state of research on women and heart disease in plain view, including deficiencies and necessary future directions,” she wrote. “In general, the book really shines when it approaches issues unique to women or with different implications for women. Women and Heart Disease will undoubtedly help improve cardiovascular outcomes for women and is destined to become a staple of the libraries of those interested in its subject.”

Dr. Wenger is professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital. She says the textbook is important to the medical community because it educates physicians about women and cardiovascular disease.

“Unless women appreciate their vulnerability to heart disease, they are unlikely to heed preventive messages about heart disease or respond appropriately to symptoms of heart disease,” Dr. Wenger says. “The pivotal feature is education – education of women about their cardiac risks.”

Dr. Wenger has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Women in Science President’s Award in 1993. She was named the American Heart Association’s Physician of the Year in 1998 and received the R. Bruce Logue Award for Excellence in Medicine by the American Heart Association in 2001 and the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology in 2002. In 2003, she was included in the National Library of Medicine Exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine: A History of American Women Physicians. In 2004, Dr. Wenger received the Gold Heart Award, the highest award of the American Heart Association. At the Emory University Commencement in 2004, Dr. Wenger received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award of the University and the Evangeline Papageorge Alumni Teaching Award of the Emory University School of Medicine. In 2005, Dr. Wenger received the Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dr. Wenger received the Hatter Award, an international award for the advancement of cardiovascular science in 2006.

Dr. Wenger has served in major leadership roles on cardiovascular disease for the World Health Organization (WHO), and was chair of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Conference on Cardiovascular Health and Disease in Women in 1992 and has been listed in Best Doctors in America each year since 1994. In 1976, she was cited as one of Time magazine’s “Women of the Year.” She has authored or coauthored over 1,200 scientific and review articles and book chapters.

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