Program

Postponed: 2020 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre has been monitoring recommendations from Ottawa Public Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and partner hospitals and health organizations regarding the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Considering the ongoing situation, the Summit Planning Committee has made the decision to cancel the on-site Summit, and postpone to 2021, dates TBD. This includes all oral presentations, accepted poster presentations, career mentoring sessions, and additional networking opportunities. 

The health and safety of our delegates, colleagues, staff, and partners is our top priority. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Day 1: Thursday April 2, 2020
Day 2: Friday April 3, 2020

Thursday April 2, 2020

7:30 – 8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
 

8:30 – 9:10

Introductory Comments

Dr. Thais CoutinhoThais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute Ottawa, ON
 

Diane CampbellDiane Campbell, LLB, BA
Heart & Stroke | Halifax, NS

 

Theirry MesanaThierry Mesana, MD, PhD, FRCSC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute Ottawa, ON


Dr. Kerri-Anne MullenKerri-Anne Mullen, MSc, PhD (Master of Ceremonies)
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON


9:10 – 10:00

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Advancing Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research: Milestones, Gaps and Future Directions
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify opportunities for improvement with early detection, accurate diagnosis and treatment for women living with or at risk of heart disease and provide a road map for future research concerning women’s cardiovascular health.

Cara TannenbaumCara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc
Canadian Institutes of Health Research | Montréal, QC

 


10:00 - 10:20 

Break


10:20 – 11:10

THEME 1:  HEART DISEASE AND CO-MORBIDITIES

My Diagnosis Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe Anjie's personal struggle with navigating through the  healthcare system while in the process finding her own voice and sense of empowerment to advocate for her own  heartand brain health.

Anjie ValgardsenAnjie Valgardson
Woman with Lived Experience | Winnipeg, MB
 

Heart Disease and Co-Morbidities – A Long and Winding Road
By the end of the session, participants will be able to explore issues surrounding multiple conditions/ co-morbidities as so many diseases are intertwined and share common risk factors. 

Paula HarveyPaula Harvey, BMBS, PhD, FRACP
Women’s College Hospital | Toronto, ON
 


11:10 - 12: 10

THEME 2: THE HEART, BRAIN & MIND CONNECTION

The Heart-Mind Connection from a Patient’s Perspective
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe Jennifer's journey from a healthy young woman to a stroke survivor and cardiomyopathy patient who is concerned about her own cognitive future.

Jennifer MonaghanJennifer Monaghan, LLB, BA
Woman with Lived Experience | Kelowna, BC
 

Stroke in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to recognize the frequency, risk factors and outcomes after stroke in women.

Dr. Moira K. KapralMoira K. Kapral, MD, MSc, FRCPC
University Health Network | Toronto, ON
 

Vascular Cognitive Impairment in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify differences in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and outcomes of vascular cognitive impairment in women.

Jodi EdwardsJodi Edwards, PhD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON
 

Mental Health as a Determinant of Cardiovascular Health in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the role of mental health and its implications on cardiovascular risk in women.

Heather TullochHeather Tulloch, PhD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON

 


12:10 – 1:10

Lunch

12:20 - 1:10 

Sponsored Unaccredited Lunch and Learn


1:10 - 1:50

HOT TOPICS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW: Top 3 Studies that Advanced Women’s Heart Health in the Last Two Years
By the end of the session, participants will be able to interpret latest research results in the field of women’s heart health from the top three studies that advanced women’s heart health in the last two years.

Karin HumphriesKarin H. Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHA
University of British Columbia | UBC-Heart & Stroke Foundation BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health | Vancouver, BC
 

Dr. Jordan HutsonJordan Hutson, MD, FRCPC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON
 


1:50 – 2:50  
THEME 3: THE VALVES
 
Women with Cardiac Disease (Congenital and Acquired) Learning to Become Their Own Health Advocates - My Story
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe Lori's personal journey through the healthcare system and the importance of advocating for your own health and know that you are not alone. 
 
Lori Constable-SmolcicLori Constable-Smolcic, RN, BScN
Woman with Lived Experience | Mississauga, ON

 
Sex Differences in Prevalence, Clinical Manifestations and Medical Management of Valvular Heart Disease
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify the sex differences in prevalence, clinical manifestations and medical management of valvular heart disease in women.
 
Maurice Enriquez-SaranoMaurice Enriquez-Sarano, MD, FACC, FAHA, FESC
Mayo Clinic | Rochester, MN
 
 
Sex Considerations in the Percutaneous Management of Valvular Disease
By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain the sex differences in the prevalence and diagnosis of valvular heart disease and sex considerations in the treatment of valvular heart disease.

Anita AsgarAnita Asgar, MD, FRCPC, FACC
Montréal Heart Institute | Montréal, QC
 
 
Sex Considerations in Surgical Management of Valve Disease
By the end of the session, participants will be able to examine sex considerations in surgical management of valve disease in women.
 
Maral OuzounianMaral Ouzounian, MD, PhD
University Health Network | Toronto, ON
 
 

2:50 - 3:10

Break and Sponsored 1:1 Networking in Exhibit Hall


3:10 - 3:50

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Select one to attend)

1. Hot Topics in Cardio-Obstetrics
By the end of the session, participants will be able to focus on conditions during pregnancy that provide risk for heart diseases later in life.

Kara NerenbergKara Nerenberg, MD
University of Calgary | Calgary, AB
 

2. The Intersection of Breast Cancer and Heart Disease
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe how shared risk factors influence prevention and treatment of both diseases.

Michele TurekMichele Turek, MDCM, FRCPC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Hospital | Ottawa, ON


Husam Abdel-QadirHusam Abdel-Qadir, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Women’s College Hospital and University Health Network | Toronto, ON
 

3. Aspirin for Primary Prevention in Women: Should I Use it in 2020?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the latest evidence on aspirin with clinical strategies for appropriate patient selection.

Erin MichosErin Michos, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine | Baltimore, MD

 

4.  Become a Community Leader and Advocate for Women’s Cardiovascular Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the various programs and initiatives from across Canada aimed at educating and supporting women with cardiovascular disease.

Jillianne CodeJillianne Code, PhD
Woman with Lived Experience | Vancouver, BC
 

Marion MartellMarion Martell
Woman with Lived Experience | Ottawa, ON
 

Jackie RatzJackie Ratz, BA hons
Woman with Lived Experience | Winnipeg, MB
 


3:50 - 4:40

THE DEBATE: Can Social Media Positively Transform Knowledge Translation for Women’s Heart Health?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify the role of social media in medicine, and specifically for women’s heart health, for research, education, advocacy and sharing knowledge on a world-wide level. This session will share the best practices for the use of social media for health care professionals.

Caroline LavalléeCaroline Lavallée (Moderator)
Woman with Lived Experience | Montréal, QC
 

Martha GulatiMartha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FASPC (For)
College of Medicine – Phoenix and the University of Arizona | Phoenix, AZ
 

Paul OhPaul Oh, MSc, MD, FRCPC (Against)
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute | Toronto, ON
 


4:40 - 4:50

CLOSING REMARKS: What Did I Learn Today?

Michele TurekMichele Turek, MDCM, FRCPC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and The Ottawa Hospital | Ottawa, ON

 


4:50 - 6:00

Wine and Cheese Poster Sessions
Ballroom Foyer


4:45 - 6:45

Women with Lived Experience Reception (learn more)
Laurier Alcove


7:00 - 10:00

Networking Dinner (learn more)
Eighteen Restaurant, 18 York Street

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Friday April 3, 2020

7:30 – 8:30

Registration


7:45 - 8:15

Sponsored Unaccredited Breakfast and Learn

 


8:30 – 8:35 

Introductory Comments

Dr. Kerri-Anne MullenKerri-Anne Mullen, MSc, PhD (Master of Ceremonies)
University of Ottawa Heart Institute |Ottawa, ON
 

Anne SimardAnne Simard, MSc
Heart & Stroke | Toronto, ON

 


8:35 – 9:00

OPENING PLENARY: Achieving Gender Equity in Medicine and Leadership: A Strategy for Improving Women’s Cardiovascular Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe individual, systemic and structural opportunities and barriers to advancing women in healthcare leadership. 

Sharonne HayesSharonne Hayes, MD, FACC, FAHA
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
 


9:00 - 10:00

THEME 4: THE CORONARY ARTERIES: A NOVEL PERSPECTIVE

My Heart Story
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe Sudi's personal journey from symptom recognition, diagnosis, treatment and her road to recovery.

Sudi BarreSudi Barre
Woman with Lived Experience | Edmonton, AB
 

What's New in Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe recent developments in the optimal diagnosis and management of SCAD.
Sharonne Hayes

Sharonne Hayes, MD, FACC, FAHA
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

Are There Still Disparities in PCI Outcomes in Women in Contemporary Practice? The Patient vs the Doctor
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe whether there are disparities in PCI outcomes in women and consider whether any differences in outcomes are because of the adverse risk factor profile of women or whether they are due to sub-optimal treatment.

Mamas Mamas

Mamas A. Mamas, BM, BCh, MA, DPhil, MRCP
University of Manchester | Manchester, UK
 

Unique Aspects of Surgical Revascularization in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the factors that contribute to surgical strategy for coronary revascularization in men and women as well as the potential effects of these decisions on patient outcomes in both sexes.

Fraser Rubens

Fraser Rubens, MD, MSc, FACS , FRCSC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON

 


10:00 - 10:20 

Break and Sponsored 1:1 Networking in Exhibit Hall


10:20 - 11:20

THEME 5: BEFORE AND AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS - UNIQUE CHALLENGES IN PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION

Charlotte's Experience with Symptoms, Time to care, Treatment and Recovery
By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain the challenges and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Charlotte GirardCharlotte Girard
Woman with Lived Experience | Otterburn Park, QC
 

Primary Prevention: Unique Aspects for Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe sex-specific nuances in the implementation of the 2019 U.S. Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). These include 1)  the consideration of  female-specific risk enhancing factors and coronary artery calcium (if measured) to guide decisions for statin therapy, 2) the role of aspirin, and 3) patient-centered approach to CVD prevention.    

Erin MichosErin Michos, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine | Baltimore, MD
 

Sex-Specific Barriers to Cardiac Rehabilitation: How to Overcome Them?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe female-specific barriers to participation in cardiac rehabilitation and identify strategies to overcome barriers and optimize participation.

Tracey ColellaTracey J.F. Colella, PhD, RN
University Health Network | Toronto, ON
 

Discovering the Impact of Peer Support on Psycho-Social Well-Being: the Women@Heart Experience
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe how social support for women is an essential component of cardiac rehabilitation.

Robert ReidRobert Reid, PhD, MBA
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON

 


11:20 - 12:00

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS (select one to attend)

1. Communicating with Your Healthcare Provider: How to Maximize Your Time and Optimize Your Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to review tips and techniques for patients to communicate with their healthcare provider.

TBDKrystina B. Lewis, RN, MN, PhD, CCN(C)
University of Ottawa | Ottawa, ON

 

Nadia LappaNadia Lappa
Woman with Lived Experience | Ottawa, ON


2. Addressing the Gaps: One Project at a Time (Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance)
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the launch and current activities of a national alliance of experts in, and advocates for, women's cardiovascular health. Participants will summarize how this Alliance helps develop and disseminate evidence-informed strategies to transform clinical practice and enhance collaborative action on women's cardiovascular health in Canada.

Dr. Thais CoutinhoThais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON
 

Karen E. JacquesKaren E. Jacques, JD
Woman with Lived Experience | Kincardine, ON

 

Tara Sedlak

Tara L. Sedlak, MD, FRCPC
Vancouver General, St. Paul’s, and UBC Hospitals | Vancouver, BC

 
 

Colleen NorrisColleen Norris, PhD, MSc, BScN, RN
University of Alberta | Edmonton, AB


Sharon Mulvagh

Sharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FRCP(C), FACC, FAHA, FASE
Mayo Clinic, Dalhousie University and QEII Health Sciences Centre | Halifax, NS
 
 

Beth AbramsonBeth L. Abramson, MD MSC FRCPC FACC
St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto | Toronto, ON

 

3. Circadian Medicine and Women's Heart Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the critical role of circadian biology for cardiovascular health, and how translational application of the new field of Circadian Medicine will improve treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease in both biological sexes.

Tami MartinoTami A. Martino, PhD
University of Guelph | Guelph, ON
 

4. Sex-Specific Considerations in Obesity and Lipid Metabolism
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe how gonadal hormones and sex chromosomes each influence fat storage and lipid levels and contribute to sex-specific risk for diseases such as obesity and atherosclerosis.

Karen ReueKaren Reue, PhD
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) | Los Angeles, CA
 


12:00 - 1:00

Lunch 

12:15 - 1:00

Career and Mentor Roundtable Session for Trainees (registration required, learn more)


1:00 - 2:00

THEME 6: THE AORTA, PULMONARY & PERIPHERAL ARTERIES

My Path in the Medical System
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe Judith's personal experience with being diagnosed, course of treatment, and managing life with the disease.

Judith MoattiJudith Moatti
Woman with Lived Experience, Canadian PAH Ambassador | Montréal, QC
 

Sex Differences in Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify differences in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and outcomes of aortic aneurysms and dissections in women.

Dr. Thais CoutinhoThais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON

 

Peripheral Arterial Disease in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the differences in presentation and clinical outcomes for women with peripheral arterial disease.

TBDAmy West Pollak, MD, MS-CR
Mayo Clinic | Rochester, MN
 

Sex Differences in Pulmonary Hypertension
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify differences in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and outcomes of pulmonary hypertension in women.

Lisa MielniczukLisa Mielniczuk, MD, FRCPC
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON
 


2:00 - 2:40

Rapid Fire Oral Presentations
By the end of the session, participants will be able to interpret new experiences, insights, and latest research results in the field of women’s heart health from our summit delegates


2:40 - 3:00

Break and Sponsored 1:1 Networking in Exhibit Hall


3:00 - 4:00

THEME 7: HEART FAILURE

Patient Perspective
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe a woman’s personal journey through the healthcare system from symptom recognition, heart disease diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

Jackie RatzJackie Ratz, BA Hons
Woman with Lived Experience | Winnipeg, MB
 

Sex-Specific Differences in Heart Failure Care and Outcomes: Closing the Gap
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the sex-based differences in characteristics, care, and outcomes among patients with heart failure. To make recommendations that close the sex-based gaps in care among patients with heart failure.

Harriette Van SpallHarriette G.C. Van Spall, MD, MPH, FRCPC
McMaster University | Hamilton, ON
 

What is new in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF)?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the latest on pathophysiology and clinical issues of HFpEF and potential reasons for female predominance.

Shelley ZierothShelley Zieroth, MD
St. Boniface Hospital | St. Boniface, MB
 

Advanced Heart Failure Therapies: Do Women Benefit as Much as Men?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to discuss the latest in heart failure therapies and whether women benefit as much as men.

Mary Norine WalshMary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC
St. Vincent Heart Centre | Indianapolis, IN

 


4:00 - 4:45

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together:  Advancing the Journey to Equity for Women's Heart Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to recognize the following as important components to improve healthcare for women at risk for heart disease: 1)The healthcare delivery systems needs that are necessary to increase awareness of CVD in women; 2)The expanded approach to curriculum to educate healthcare professionals; 3)The need for an expanded sex and gender CVD research agenda.

Jennifer Mieres

Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC, MASNC, FAHA
Northwell Health | New York, NY
 

4:45 - 5:00

AWARDS CEREMONY AND CLOSING REMARKS

Dr. Thais CoutinhoThais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Ottawa, ON
 

Diane CampbellDiane Campbell, LLB, BA
Heart & Stroke | Halifax, NS
 

Tara Sedlak

Tara L. Sedlak, MD, FRCPC
Vancouver General, St. Paul’s, and UBC Hospitals | Vancouver, BC
 
 

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