CRF launches women cardiology research fellowship

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The Women's Heart Health Initiative at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has created a new fellowship dedicated to gender-specific research that will seek to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women.

The announcement will take place during a February 2009 luncheon, featuring Mehmet C. Oz, MD.

“Women face unique challenges to successful diagnosis and treatment of heart disease because they develop different forms of the disease than men,” said Alexandra J. Lansky, MD, director of the Women's Heart Health Initiative, “Recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease have historically been based on studies conducted primarily in middle-aged men. Most current trials continue to enroll too few women to determine if tests and treatments work equally well in both sexes.”

She added that by “establishing a research fellowship dedicated to gender-specific research, the Women's Heart Health Initiative hopes to identify treatments and preventive strategies that are effective in women and improve the outcomes and quality of life of women with or at risk for heart disease."