June 14: "Hormones, Heart Disease, Calcium and Bones"May 22: Ms. America Promotes Heart Screenings for Women
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Presented by Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director, Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health, and Dr. Amy Woodruff, cardiologist.
Ms. America 2013-14 Chiniqua Pettaway, third from left, extended a show of support for the heart institute's efforts to screen women for heart disease during National Women's Health Week May 11-17. Staff from the heart institute's Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health screened more than 300 women at five Neighborhood Centers throughout Houston.
'Matters of the Heart' Lunchtime LecturesMAY 13: Dr. Doris Taylor: Regenerative Heart Research
DORIS TAYLOR, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart
Institute, discussed her groundbreaking research to create hearts in the lab from a patient's own stem cells
In a process known as decellularization, Dr. Taylor and her team remove
the existing cells from the hearts of laboratory animals, which leaves a
framework for building new organs. They then "seed" the framework with
human adult stem cells to give it a blood supply, which causes the organ
to regenerate and take on the characteristics of a revitalized, beating
heart. This research may one day help scientists create fully
functional human hearts in the lab. This is significant because the need
for transplants continues to grow, while the supply of donor organs
remains critically low.
MAY 6: Dr. Billy Cohn: Artificial Heart Research
BILLY COHN, cardiovascular surgeon and director of Texas Heart
Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation, discussed his quest
to develop a continuous-flow heart pump and other devices
to repair or replace damaged hearts. With a passion for medical device
development, Dr. Cohn has more than 70 U.S. patents granted or pending,
and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations. He has
been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the
Intellectual Property Owners Association.
April 22: The Health Museum
BUNDICK HULICK and REBECCA TRAHAN discussed how they
live with heart disease, as well as new initiatives underway to assist
women with heart disease and to increase awareness of heart disease in
women. Lisa and Rebecca are the faces of WomenHeart Houston
part of a national peer network educating and helping women who, like
Lisa and Rebecca, have experienced life-threatening heart crises. April 15: The Health Museum
DR. STEPHANIE COULTER, director of the Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health
at Texas Heart Institute, gave a virtual tour of the heart using
state-of-the-art animation tools and explained how the heart works and
what can be done to keep it healthy. Dr. Coulter has a special interest
in preventing and treating heart disease in women, which often presents
differently than heart disease in men.
March 13: Ms. America Visits Texas Heart Institute
Chiniqua Pettaway, Ms. America 2013-14, stopped by the Texas Heart Institute's television studio to film a public service announcement promoting heart health awareness. Chiniqua's platform of service focuses on fighting heart disease by raising awareness and promoting prevention.
February 22: The Elnita McClain Women’s Center’s (EMWC) annual Go Red for Women event, “The Heart of a Woman” Fashion Show & Luncheon. The (EMWC) Center promotes preventative health education and healthy lifestyles for underserved communities. This year, Dr. Sheila Heinle, a THI cardiologist, gave the keynote speech to more than 200 attendees.
The (EMWC) Center originally operated as the Open Door Christian Society, founded in 1959 by Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Elnita McClain. The ministry has served as a halfway house and shelter to displaced persons. On July 6th, 1991, Mrs. Elnita McClain donated the 16-room house to the 20th District Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in order for her mission to carry on. In 1993, the facility was officially named the Elnita McClain Women's Center. Click here for photos of the event on Flickr.
February 7: 'GEMS' Explore Bioengineering Careers
Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers visited Texas Heart Institute as part of the Society of Women Engineers' "GEMS" conference (Girls Exploring Math and Science). Jill Almaguer, center, program manager for regenerative medicine at Texas Heart Institute, led the students on a tour and participated in a panel discussion along with other Texas Heart Institute scientists.
February 7: Pink Goes Red for a Day
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Alpha Omega Chapter donned red attire in place of the sorority's traditional pink on Feb. 7 to celebrate National Go Red Day which raises awareness of heart disease among women. At the chapter's meeting held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Dr. Deborah Meyers, front row, second from left, Texas Heart Institute's medical director for heart failure programs, presented "Goals, Time and Your Health: Go Red and Go Right Now!"
November 16, 2013: The 'Ticker Tantrums' Team Up for Heart Walk
The WomenHeart support group gathered a team together for the American Heart Association Heart Walk Houston
. Many members of team "Ticker Tantrums" are survivors of heart disease. More pictures on Flickr
October 7, 2013: KUHF 'Houston Matters' Discusses Heart Disease
Dr. Stephanie Coulter was one of the guests on the NPR news program, "Houston Matters". Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the nation, and Houston is no exception. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 28 percent of deaths in the Houston area are related to cardiovascular disease. We talk with some area cardiologists about new research on heart disease and what you can do to better prevent it in the first place. Listen to the podcast from HoustonMatters.org
or listen to the podcast from SoundCloud.com