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2021 Women's Heart Symposium

In North Carolina, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women, with heart disease and stroke accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths.

We hope you had the opportunity to join us for the Seventh Annual Women’s Heart Symposium. Though we couldn’t meet in person this year, we are grateful we could connect virtually. We hope the sessions were educational, fun and a reminder on how to protect your heart. The recordings and presenter slides are below for you to revisit your favorites or enjoy those you may have been unable to join.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help us to advance education, research and treatment of cardiovascular health, or if you have questions about something you heard during the symposium, please contact Brian Frerking, Director of Development for UNC Cardiology at

Depression, Stress and Cardiovascular Disease

Thursday, April 15, 1-1:45 p.m.

Depression and stress affect so much of the body, especially your cardiovascular health. In this webinar you will hear from Dr. Lindsey Rosman on the effects of stressors on the heart and how to protect your health. She will also answer any questions you have.

Featured Speaker: Lindsey Rosman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Service

Depression Stress and Cardiovascular Disease with Dr. Rosman PowerPoint (PDF)

Essential Self-care Activities for Women After a Heart Attack

Thursday, April 15, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

In this virtual event, we will discuss heart attack symptoms that are unique to women, how to watch for warning signs of a heart attack, and what actions to take should symptoms occur.

Information will also be shared about our new online educational program that we are designing to help women who have had a recent heart attack better recognize heart symptoms in the future.

Featured Speakers:

Associate Professor of Nursing, UNC School of Nursing, PhD Division
Clinical Assistant Professor and Nurse Practitioner, UNC School of Medicine

Chiao-Hsin Teng, MSN, RN
Second-year PhD student, UNC School of Nursing

GRFW Know the Warning Signs Infographic (PDF)

Recognize and Report Heart Symptoms with Dr. Davis PowerPoint (PDF)

The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers

Friday, April 16, 9-10 a.m.

Join Donna Curtis McClatchey, Sylvia Hatchell and Dr. Paula Miller as they talk about the importance of women’s cardiovascular health. Dr. Miller will discuss why knowing your numbers can help save your life and how best to talk with your healthcare provider about heart risks.

Featured Speakers:
Donna Curtis McClatchey
Sylvia Hatchell

Paula F. Miller, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Director of Women’s Heart Program
Co-Director UNC Heart Center Clinic

The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers with Dr. Paula Miller (PDF)

Everyday Steps to Taking Care of Your Heart

Friday, April 16, 11 a.m.-noon

So much affects your heart including what you eat, exercise and balance. Join three experts who will give you tips on nutrition, home-based cardiac exercise and how to prevent falls. Additional information is below and we encourage you to submit questions with your registration.

Nutrition and Heart Health: What About Weight Loss (Audio PowerPoint)
Tips for promoting a healthy lifestyle and how to lose a little weight, especially after a tough year.

Home-Based Cardiac Exercise (PDF)
These days more time is being spent at home, without access to typical gym equipment. We will discuss the American College of Sports Medicine exercise guidelines for adults, and participants will learn how to exercise safely from home with alternative exercises. Get ready to move more and sit less!

Preventing Falls (PDF)
There are so many components of balance—equilibrium, agility, strength and proprioception. Learn how to create an exercise program that includes these components, at home or in a gym.

Featured Speakers:
Judith M. Hinderliter, MPH, RDN, LDN, CPT

Clinical Dietitian, UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Gabrielle Brennan, MS, ACSM CEP, CET
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Cardiac Rehab
UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont

Certified Personal Trainer, UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont

The Future of Heart Health

Friday, April 16, 1-1:45 p.m.

Advances in heart health are constantly evolving. Dr. Matthew Baker will give a brief overview and update in atrial fibrillation and updates in management.

Dr. Casey Gazda will discuss the current technology and recent advancements in the areas of cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, and other advanced imaging modalities. We will focus on use of these imaging modalities as they relate to women’s cardiovascular health.

Featured Speakers: Matthew Baker, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Associate Program Director, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Casey Gazda, MD
Chief Cardiology Fellow, Advanced Imaging Fellow
UNC Division of Cardiovascular Disease

Atrial Fibrillation (PDF)

Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging and Women’s Heart Disease (PDF)

Heart Failure and Contemporary Management

Friday, April 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Join the discussion to learn the unique influences that can predispose women to heart failure and the symptoms they should look out for. You will also hear about treatment challenges and innovative therapies in management.

Featured Speakers:
Lisa J. Rose-Jones, MD FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation & Pulmonary Hypertension
Director, Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease

Thelsa Thomas Weickert, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Service Line Lead, Cardiology Inpatient service
Associate Director, Echocardiography

Heart Failure in Women (PDF)

Valvular Heart Disease (PDF)

On May 13, 2020, we heard rom Drs. Joseph Rossi, Anil Gehi, John Vavalle and Paula Miller on how to protect your heart during the pandemic.