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March 19, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate to Sponsor Conference for Women’s Heart Disease April 16

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— “Matters of the Heart: Women and Cardiovascular Disease” will provide researchers and clinicians with an opportunity to discuss research findings and new insights related to treatment of women’s heart disease April 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway.

Matters of the Heart is sponsored by SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines. It is also in collaboration with Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing and SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing.

The conference is coming at a crucial time as coronary heart disease (CHD) is the third leading cause of death for women aged 25-44 according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Often thought of as a men’s disease, CHD is ranked second for women aged 45-65 and is the leading cause of death for women over the age of 65.

Upstate alumna Lori Mosca, MD, MPH, PhD will give the keynote address on the state of heart disease in women. Dr. Mosca founded and directs the Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention and is the director of preventative cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Cardiologist Gladys Velarde, MD, FACC, will speak on ischemic heart disease in women and Binghamton University professor of nursing Pamela Stewart Fahs, RN, DSN, will present the state of heart disease in rural women.

Throughout the day, participants will engage in three breakout sessions on various topics related to women and heart disease.

Registration is $50 for state employees, $75 for non state employees and $25 for students. Registration fees for employees increase if submitted after March 25. To register call Barbara Black at 315-464-3905 or visit

Editorial assistant: Rosalind Dean

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