Ms. America Visits Texas Heart Institute
Chiniqua Pettaway, Ms. America 2013-14, stopped by the Texas Heart Institute's television studio March 13, 2014, 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.
The Heart of a Woman Luncheon and Fashion Show
The THI Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health celebrated the Elnita McClain Women’s Center’s (EMWC) annual Go Red for Women event, “The Heart of a Woman” Fashion Show & Luncheon, on Saturday, Feb. 22. 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.
'GEMS' Explore Bioengineering Careers
Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers visited Texas Heart Institute Feb. 7 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.
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!"
The 'Ticker Tantrums' Team Up for Heart Walk
On November 16, 2013, the WomenHeart support group gathered a team together for the American Heart Association Heart Walk Houston. Many members of the team, named the "Ticker Tantrums" for the event, are survivors of heart disease. More pictures on Flickr.
Learn more about the Texas Heart Institute WomenHeart support group. KUHF 'Houston Matters' Discusses Heart Disease
Dr. Stephanie Coulter was one of the guests on the NPR news program, "Houston Matters" for Oct. 7, 2013.
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.