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Heart & Stroke Session: Women's heart health: Vascular changes in women's life course

Session Date: Sunday June 10, 2018
Session Time: 11:00 - 13:00 

Learning objectives:

  • Bring together a group of Heart and Stroke-funded researchers and
    people with lived experience to share their knowledge in women's heart health
  • Discuss issues related to vascular remodeling specific to women
  • Examine the vascular changes that happen across a women's life course
11:00 - 13:00 Chair: Ms. Catherine Praamsma, Heart & STroke CoMPASS member and Women with Lived Experience 
Facilitator: Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Director of Stroke and Dr. Cindy Yip, Director of Heart Health, Heart & Stroke
11:00 - 11:05 Welcome 
11:05 - 11:20 HERstory

Speaker: Catherine Praamsma

Ms. Catherine Praamsma, a person with lived experience (PWLE),
will share her experience of having two heart attacks and being diagnosed
with coronary artery disease. Catherine will highlight the importance of
understanding what contributes to her heart disease, her experience within
the healthcare system and aspects related to sex and gender differences.
11:20 - 12:05 Bench-Side Debate: Women’s vasculature difference: A matter of estrogen
or biomechanics?

Speakers: Dr. Ross Feldman and Dr. Thais Coutinho

In this session, the speakers debate what may be the differences in women’s
vasculature with respect to heart disease over their life course. Dr. Ross Feldman
will discuss the role of estrogen in vascular remodeling and Dr. Coutinho will
discuss the differences in biomechanics such as arterial stiffness and hemodynamic

12:05 - 12:10 Chair: Catherine Praamsma 
Facilitator: Dr. Patrice Lindsay and Dr. Cindy Yip

Transition to fireside chat 
12:10 - 12:55 Fireside Chat: From fertility therapy to pregnancy – managing the risk of
womens’ hearts

Speakers: Dr. Jay Udell and Dr. Kara Nerenberg

In this session, the speakers will discuss the risk of fertility therapy and pregnancy
in women’s heart health. Dr. Jay Udell will share his work on cardiovascular risk in
women who underwent fertility therapy and associated pregnancy complications and
Dr. Kara Nerenberg will discuss her work on preeclampsia. Dr. Udell and Dr. Nereberg 
with exchange their scientific expertise and perspectives in this exciting fireside chat. 

12:55 - 13:00 Wrap-up