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3rd Annual Women's Heart and Vascular Symposium

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

From Prevention to Intervention with a Focus on Equitable Perfection

Course Director: Rachel M. Bond, MD, FACC

Virtual Attendees

Zoom Link and Speaker Info


Hybrid Conferencing 


The Women’s Heart & Vascular Symposium is pleased to promote women’s heart health across the lifespan with an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). While public health initiatives have increased awareness that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, disparities in diagnosis and treatment exist most notably in vulnerable populations. These populations include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual (or allies) [LGBTQIA+]  communities; rural communities and women in the active military or veterans. Although significant progress has been made in narrowing the gap in health outcomes, disparities persist with the racial and social injustice of systemic racism and misogyny at the core. This is best highlighted in that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world with the greatest rates of mortality occurring during pregnancy and the postpartum period. These poor outcomes are predominately seen in Black women who are 3-4 times more likely to die, with heart disease the leading cause and something preventable nearly 60% of the time. Despite this understanding, there is still confusion among health care clinicians about culturally-sensitive risk assessment and best practice with regards to management of women and vulnerable patient populations with heart disease. While no single individual can solve the deeply rooted inequities, as the largest non-for-profit health system in the United States, it is our goal to ignite, empower, educate and amplify solutions.

Target Audience

This is the 3rd Annual Women’s Heart & Vascular Symposium hosted by Dignity Health’s Women’s Heart Health Program in Arizona through CommonSpirit Health’s initiative across the United States to improve cardiovascular outcomes in women and racial/ethnic communities. We intend to provide attendees with updates on the most current issues concerning CVD in women and vulnerable populations. This full day virtual symposium is for all healthcare clinicians caring for women today including cardiologist, cardiothoracic surgeons, obstetricians/gynecologists, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, endocrinologists, oncologists, rheumatologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, fellows, and medical students. It will focus on the social determinants of health and the continuum of care from prevention to early diagnosis and treatment strategies for cardiovascular disease in women, especially women of color and other vulnerable populations.   

Learning Objectives

  • Review social determinants of health and the impact it plays on women’s health.
  • Assess the intersectionality of disparities, beyond sex including veterans and women active in the military; rural communities and the transgender population.
  • Assess the maternal mortality crisis in the most vulnerable patient populations and solutions.
  • Assess the cardioobstretrics collaboration and life beyond pregnancy.
  • Address the best practice for blood pressure management during pregnancy.
  • Review best management for open artery ischemia.
  • Review emerging lipid-lowering therapies in diverse patient populations.
  • Create your personal antibias/antiracist toolkit.
  • Review complex cardiovascular cases addressing percutaneous vs. surgical revascularization; medical management vs revascularization and late presenting myocardial infarction complications.

Consider a Donation
We are able to provide this symposium at no charge thanks to industry and donation support to the Women’s Heart Health Program. Your consideration of a donation is appreciated.

Please Engage, Educate & Share with us via #WHVSymposium21

Dr. Rachel Bond

Course Director:

Rachel M Bond, MD, FACC
System Director, Women's Heart Health
Dignity Health, Arizona
Assistant Professor Internal Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine
Chandler, Arizona

Dr.  Hayes

Keynote Speaker:

Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, FACC, FAHA (She/Her/Hers)
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Founder Women’s Heart Clinic, Mayo Clinic
Immediate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

CDC Guidelines

WHVS will be abiding by CDC guidelines regarding COVID during our live meeting with the requirement all guests and hotel employees will wear a mask- regardless of vaccination status, and practice social distancing to the extent practical in any indoor space. Sanitizing stations will be prominently displayed in key areas of the hotel including inside and outside event spaces, meal and beverage service areas, public restrooms and congregating areas. Meals, services and other operational procedures will adhere to physical distancing regional regulations and amplify hygiene and sanitation requirements. Seating in the meeting areas has been configured to provide social distancing for attendees. The reception directly following the symposium is scheduled as an outdoor event.