Program

Hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Heart&Stroke™, the 2018 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit is taking place April 5-6, 2018 at the Westin Ottawa Hotel located in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. 

Building on the success of the April 2016 Summit, this event will bring together approximately 250 national and international experts and stakeholders to further advance women’s heart health. Together, we will transform and enhance Canadian women’s lives through research, awareness, policy development and care. 

This is an accredited opportunity for knowledge exchange for a variety of stakeholders including primary care providers, cardiologists, gynecologists, pharmacists, nurses, cardiac rehabilitation providers, allied healthcare providers, researchers, policy-makers, indigenous organizations, community partners and women with lived experience.

Objectives

  • Bring together national and international leaders, knowledge-users, and women with lived experience to strengthen our capacity to develop and disseminate strategies to improve cardiovascular health among women.
  • Identify emerging areas in research and clinical practice centered upon cardiovascular conditions affecting women across their lifespan.
  • Delineate strategies for addressing the gaps in research and clinical practice for cardiovascular disease in women, improving risk stratification, diagnosis, and therapy from a sex and gender perspective.

Agenda

Download the agenda and conference brochure (coming soon) for a complete listing of presentation topics and times.

Day 1: Thursday April 5, 2018
Day 2: Friday April 6, 2018

Thurday April 5, 2018

7:30 – 8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
 

8:30 – 9:10

Introductory Comments


9:10 – 10:00

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Women’s Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan: Key Opportunities for Prevention and Maximization of Health
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the current state of affairs in Canada from the impact of cardiovascular health in pregnancy and the future health of offspring to sex and gender differences for aging women and those within diverse ethnic groups.

Sonia Anand, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University
Hamilton, ON


10:00 - 10:20 

Refreshment Break and Networking in Exhibit Hall


10:20 – 11:20

THEME: Maternal Placental Syndromes and Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular Health After Maternal Placental Syndromes
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the pathophysiology of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus and its cardiovascular impact.

Dr. Stella DaskalopoulouStella S. Daskalopoulou, MSc, MD, DIC, PhD
McGill University and McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, QC

The Maternal Health Clinic: An Initiative for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Women with Pregnancy-Related Complications
By the end of the session, participants will be able to list the pregnancy-related cardiovascular risk indicators and develop an action plan for a woman who has a pregnancy complicated by one or more of these risk indicators.

Dr. Graeme SmithGraeme Smith, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Kingston, ON

Clinical Management Guidelines: Hypertension During and After Pregnancy
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the clinical practice implications of recent Canadian guidelines relating to hypertension during and after pregnancy (i.e., Hypertension in Pregnancy, Stroke and Pregnancy; and Postpartum Lipids).

Dr. Kara NerenbergKara Nerenberg, MSc, MD
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Dr. Thais CoutinhoThais Coutinho, MD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON


11:20– 11:50

Autoimmunes Disease in Women: A Novel Risk Factor
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the role of autoimmune disorders on the atherosclerotic process, and its implications on cardiovascular risk in women.

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


11:50 – 12:50  
Lunch  
 

12:50 – 1:50


THEME: Young Women: A Population at Risk

Premature Coronary Artery Disease in Women: Lessons Learned from GENESIS-PRAXY
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify 1) the differences between men and women in terms of presentation, process of care and outcomes of CVD, 2) women specific conditions increasing vascular risk and 3) the differences between gender (psychological sex) and sex (biological sex).

Dr Louise PiloteLouise Pilote, MD, MPH, PhD, FRCPC
McGill University
Montreal, QC

Smoking and Young Women: Real Challenges and Distinct Opportunities
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the epidemiology of smoking specific to women, and the importance of cessation.

Dr. Kerri-Anne MullenKerri-Anne Mullen, MSc, PhD
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Physical Activity: Are Young Women Getting Enough?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe current physical activity patterns and associated cardiometabolic health in young women.

Dr. Jennifer ReedJennifer Reed, PhD, R.Kin
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated By:
Dr. Karin HumphriesKarin H. Humphries, MBA, DSc
University of British Columbia, UBC-Heart & Stroke and BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health 
Vancouver, BC


1:50 – 2:20

Cardiovascular Health in Indigenous Women: Current State of Affairs and Emerging Areas for Improvement
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe heart health within a sociopolitical context, identify priorities for assessing the quality of cardiovascular care and define cultural safety and anti-racism as they relate to cardiovascular care for Indigenous women.

Dr. Marcia AndersonMarcia Anderson, MD, MPH, FRCPC
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MN


2:20 – 2:40
Refreshment Break and Networking in Exhibit Hall
 

2:40 - 3:40

THEME: Chest Pain Syndromes in Women: Clinical Perspectives on the Identification and Treatment in Women

Myocardial Infarction with Nonobstructive Coronary Arteries in Women (MINOCA): Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis and Treatment
By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain the prevalence, mechanisms and management of myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary disease in women.

John F. Beltrame, PhD, FRACP, FESC, FACC, FCSANZ, FAHA 
University of Adelaide, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Central Adelaide Local Health Network
Adelaide, AU

Diagnostic Testing in Women with Chest Pain: Which Test Should I Order?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify optimal strategies for, and differences in, performance of diagnostic testing in the evaluation of women with chest pain.

Dr. Sharon MulvaghSharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE, FAHA
Mayo Clinic, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

Psychosocial Risk Factors: Their Role in the Clinical Manifestation of Coronary Disease and Chest Pain in Women
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the impact of psychological factors on pathogenesis and clinical presentation of cardiovascular disease and implications for management in women.

Dr. Viola VaccarinoViola Vaccarino, MD, PhD
Rollins School of Public Health and Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated By:
Dr. Jacqueline SawJacqueline Saw, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FSCAI
University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital
Vancouver, BC


3:40 – 4:40

THE DEBATE: Should Women with Heart Disease be Cared for in a Specialized Women Heart Clinic?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to examine issues and challenges surrounding the diagnosis and management of women with cardiovascular disease, and determine if a clinic dedicated to women with cardiovascular disease is considered the best practice.

Image Coming SoonPeter Collins, MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP, FACC, FESC (For)
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital
London, England, UK

Dr. Paul OhPaul Oh, MSc, MD, FRCPC (Against)
University Health Network and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto, ON

Chairperson:
Dr. Andrew PipeAndrew Pipe, CM, BA, MD, LLD (Hons), DSc (Hons)
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON


4:40 – 5:00

Closing Remarks


5:00 – 6:30
Wine and Cheese Poster Session
 

7:00 – 10:00

Networking Reception and Dinner: The Albion Rooms (Learn More)


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Friday April 6, 2018

7:30 – 8:30

Registration and Continental Breakfast  


8:30 – 8:35 

Introductory Comments


8:35 – 9:35

THEME: Risk Factor Management: Sex-Specific Considerations

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

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

Diabetes
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify differences in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and outcomes of diabetes in women.

Dr. Amel ArmaoutAmel Arnaout, MD, FRCPC
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Lipids/Statins
By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify sex differences in the epidemiology, treatment and outcomes of dyslipidemia, with an emphasis on specific effects and hazards of statin use in women.

Dr. Todd AndersonTodd J. Anderson, MD, FRCP(C)
Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services
Calgary, AB

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Dr. Martha GulatiMartha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, FASPC
University of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ


9:35 – 10:30
Theme: Cardiac Rehabilitation and Women

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention 2018: Contemporary Issues and Contemporary Approaches
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe how demographic trends, advances in treatment, shifting patient needs, and new technologies are influencing models for cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

Dr. Robert ReidRobert Reid, PhD, MBA
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Univeristy of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Cardiac Rehabilitation Benefits for Women…So How Do We Increase Utilization?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on mortality and morbidity in women, and identify strategies to increase their utilization to reap these benefits.

Dr. Sherry GraceSherry L. Grace, PhD, FCCS
York University and University Health Network 
Toronto, ON

How to Improve Engagement in Cardiac Rehabilitation Among Women: Program Delivery Considerations
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe different channels to deliver cardiac rehabilitation services to women.
 
Dr. Scott LearScott Lear, PhD 
St. Paul's Hospital, Simon Fraser University and Providence Health Care
Vancouver, BC
 
 

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Dr. Jennifer ReedJennifer Reed, PhD, R.Kin
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON


10:00 – 10:20  

Refreshment Break and Networking in Exhibit Hall


10:45 – 11:15

Atrial Fibrillation: Does Sex Matter?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe sex differences in symptoms, quality of life, drug response, advanced therapies and outcomes in atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Paul DorionPaul Dorian, MD, CM
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON


11:15 – 12:00
Knowledge Transfer Breakout Sessions
CHOOSE ONE SESSION
 
1. A Fire Side Chat: How to Design and Implement a Women’s Heart Health Program Panel
By the end of the session, participants will be able to discuss the challenges, opportunities and “lessons learned” as part of the implementation of various women heart health initiatives from across Canada.
 

Dr. Tara SedlakTara L. Sedlak, MD, FRCPC
Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Centre, Vancouver General, UBC Hospitals and University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Lisa McDonnellLisa McDonnell, BSc, MSc, EMBA
Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Wendy WrayWendy Wray, RN, BScN, MScN
Women's Healthy Heart Initiative, McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, QC

Moderated by:
Dr. Sharon MulvaghSharon L. Mulvagh, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE, FAHA
Mayo Clinic, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS

2. Emerging Areas in Women’s Cardiovascular Health Research
By the end of the session, participants will be able to explain the importance of sex/gender in research, identify research knowledge gaps and challenges that still remain and how to incorporate sex/gender into the design, recruitment, and reporting of research findings cardiovascular to advance women's cardiovascular health.

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

3.  Clinical Conundrums in Pregnancy
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe general approaches to the management of complex heart disease during and after pregnancy.

Case #1 - Woman with a Mechanical Heart Valve Who is Pregnant

Dr. Nandita Srividya ScottNandita Srividya Scott, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Case #2 - Woman with Complex Congenital Heart Disease Who is Pregnant

Dr. Jasmine GrewalJasmine Grewal, MD, FRCPC
University of British Columbia and St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC

Moderated by:
Dr. Michele TurekMichele Turek, MDCM, FRCPC
The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

4. In Their Own Words - The Day in the Life of a Women@Heart Leader
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe insights from women who have successful recovered from heart disease and have a strong passion for supporting and helping others to become advocates within their own communities and networks.

Marion MartellMarion Martell
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Helen RobertHelen Robert
Dovercourt Recreation Association and University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Nadine EliasNadine Elias, BSc, KIN
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON


12:00 – 1:00 

Lunch 

12:15 – 1:00
Trainee Career Mentoring Session (Pre-Registration Required) Learn More (coming soon)
 

1:00 – 1:45
The Burden of Heart Disease: The Voices of Women (Also available via Facebook Live)
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe insights from women who have successful recovered from heart disease and have a strong passion for supporting and helping others to become advocates within their own communities and networks.
 
Punam Gill
Calgary, AB
 
Louise Durocher
Ottawa ON
 
Esther Sanders
Montreal, QC
 
Moderated by:
Caroline LavalléeCaroline Lavallée
Montreal, QC

 

1:45 – 2:40
Rapid Fire Oral Presentations
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the personal journeys of women and their experience with heart disease.
 
Multiple Presenters
 

2:40 - 3:00

Refreshment Break and Networking in Exhibit Hall


3:00 – 4:00
THEME: Hormones and Cardiovascular Disease

Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy: Do They Impact Cardiovascular Health?
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the evidence underlying the cardiovascular risks associated with oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, and clinical strategies for appropriate patient selection.

Dr. Ruth McPhersonRuth McPherson, PhD, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCS
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Influence on Cardiovascular Risk
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the excess cardiovascular risk attributed to POI and PCOS, and strategies to minimize this risk.

Dr. Jennifer BlakeJennifer Blake, MD, FRCSC
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Sex and Venous Thromboembolism
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe how gender has a large influence on the risk of first and recurrent venous thrombosis and the gender specific therapeutic management of this condition.

Dr. Marc RodgerMarc Rodger, MD, FRCPC, MSc (Epidemiology)
University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, ON

Ask the Experts Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Dr. Michele de MargerieMichèle de Margerie, MD, CCFP
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON


4:00 – 4:40

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Health Care Gaps for Women: Attributions to Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Medicine and Steps for Creating an Equitable Health Care System
By the end of the session, participants will be able to review the evidence and describe the issues and identified strategies related to healthcare equality and equity for women at risk or currently living with cardiovascular disease.

Dr. C. Noel Bairey MerzC. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA


4:50 – 5:00

Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks


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