Program - McGill University/MUHC Third Annual Women's Heart Health Symposium 2021

Cardiovascular Emergencies in Women

Learning objective: to understand sex differences in clinical presentations, prognosis, and response to therapy of acute cardiovascular conditions

Thursday, November 18, 2021

8:30 - 13:00

Virtual Format  (ZOOM link will be sent to all registrants)

8:30 - 8:40

ZOOM waiting room

8:45 - 9:00

Welcome - Natalie Dayan, MD MSc

Rhian Touyz, MBBCh MSc(Med) PhD FRCP FRSE
Executive Director, Chief Scientific Officer RI- MUHC

What is new in vascular disease research?  Highlights of sex differences.


Moderator - Natalie Dayan, MD MSc

9:00 - 9:30

Nadia Giannetti, MD
Associate Physician-in-Chief
McGill University Health Centre

Sex Differences in the Epidemiology of Acute Heart Failure and the New CCS Guidelines

Learning Objectives

  1. Define sex differences in the epidemiology of acute heart failure
  2. Discuss the elements of presentation and diagnosis of heart failure specific to women
  3. Describe the CCS heart failure guidelines in relation to heart failure management in women

9:30 - 10:00

Isabelle Malhamé, MD MSc FRCPC
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Obstetric Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Cardiovascular Complications in Pregnancy

Learning Objectives

  1. Define acute cardiovascular emergencies in pregnancy, and review its epidemiology
  2. Summarize the elements distinguishing physiological symptoms in pregnancy from cardiovascular conditions warranting additional testing
  3. Describe guiding principles for the management of cardiovascular emergencies during pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period 

10:00 - 10:30

Vicky Tagalakis, MD FRCPC MSc 
Associate Professor, McGill University
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, McGill University
Division of General Internal Medicine, and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology of the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research 
Jewish General Hospital 

Sex Differences in Acute Pulmonary Embolus

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the epidemiology of acute PE in men and women
  2. Review sex-specific prognostication tools after PE
  3. Describe management strategies for hemodynamically unstable patients with significant PE, and any sex differences

10:30 - 10:45



Moderator - Louise Pilote, MD MPh PhD

10:45 - 11:15

Catherine Legault, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery
McGill University

Stroke in Women

Learning Objectives

  1. Review sex differences in the epidemiology of stroke
  2. Identify sex-specific strategies for the prevention of stroke
  3. Identify sex-specific stroke management strategies

11:15 - 11:45

Professor, Faculty of Health
York University 

Cardiac Rehabilitation in Women

Learning Objectives

  1. Outline the status of cardiac rehabilitation in women versus men
  2. Identify the components of a successful cardiac rehabilitation program
  3. Describe the benefits and challenges of providing cardiac rehabilitation

11:45 - 12:00

Kristin Honshorst, MSc
Senior Specialist, Research Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives | Heart & Stroke

Heart & Stroke updates and opportunities in Research on Women's Heart and Brain Health

12:00 - 12:55

Keynote Speaker:

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD FACC FAHA FESC
Director, Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center
Smidt Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Sex Differences in ACS Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Review sex differences in coronary anatomy
  2. Describe coronary microvascular dysfunction: pathophysiology, presentation diagnosis and prognosis
  3. Explain promising avenues for improving heart disease in women
12:55 - 13:00 Closing Remarks - Wendy Wray, RN MScN BScN


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