Women & Heart Disease Conference Friday, Sept. 13
Sheraton Conference Center South Burlington, VT

For immediate release:
September 12, 2002

News Media Contact:
Nancy Erickson

BURLINGTON—Contrary to what most people think, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in Vermont. On average, every year 757 Vermont women die from cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), compared to 674 men.

On Friday, September 13, more than 150 heart disease experts, health professionals and community leaders will meet at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington to discuss “Women and Heart Disease: Working Toward Prevention.”

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Jan K. Carney will open the conference with a new analysis of heart disease and stroke among Vermont women from the upcoming Women’s Health Status Report ’02 by the Vermont Department of Health. The day will feature national and state experts on the problem and its prevention.

8:30–9:00 a.m.
Correcting the Myth: The Heart Health Status of Vermont Women
Dr. Jan K. Carney
Vermont Health Commissioner

9:00–10:00 a.m..
Women and Heart Disease
Caroline Clancy, MD, PhD
Director, Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality

10:30–12:00 noon
Obesity: A Risk Factor for Chronic Disease in Women
William H. Dietz, MD, PhD
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Director, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity

1:00–2:00 p.m.
Preventing Heart Disease in Women: Lessons From the Nurses’ Heart Study
JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH
Chief of Preventive Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

2:00–2:45 p.m.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Heart Disease
Julia V. Johnson, MD
Associate Professor and Director
UVM College of Medicine - Division of Reproductive Endocrinology

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Women and Smoking
Rebecca Murphy, PhD, MPH
Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Working to prevent cardiovascular disease is a priority of Healthy Vermonters 2010, the state’s blueprint for improving public health.


This meeting is presented by the Vermont Department of health and the American Heart Association. Co-sponsors are the Area Health Education Centers, Fletcher Allen Health Care, The Center for Health and Wellness of Northwestern Medical Center, The Vermont Medical society, Northeastern Vermont AHEC, Blue Cross and BlueShield of Vermont, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the office on women’s Health, U.S. Department of health and Human Services, Region I and Rutland County Cardiovascular Worksite Wellness initiative.