A talk called The Female Heart: What it Continues to Teach Us
about women's heart health by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Dr. Bina Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist, drew 120 people to the Taconic Hotel on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. During the talk, Dr. Ahmed revealed differences in heart disease in men and women, including the ways it is commonly treated. She revealed three heart diagnoses that occur mostly or only in women.
Cardiology research continues to yield powerful revelations all in efforts to improve outcomes for all patients with heart disease. Among these discoveries are the surprising differences between men and women with heart disease. In this talk, Dr. Bina Ahmed—assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine, an interventional cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and an expert in sex-based differences in heart disease and cardiovascular outcomes—will give an update on some unique features of heart disease that are specific to women.
Dr. Ahmed has studied small vessel dysfunction, myocardial infarction with open arteries, and the female predisposition to procedure related bleeding. She received her medical degree at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1999. Ahmed completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester and University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition, she was a clinical research fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and she completed both cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the American Heart Association.
The talk was sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Department of Cardiology and is part of an ongoing series called Medicine Today. The next Medicine Today lecture is about sleep and health and is scheduled for October. It will be presented by Dartmouth-Hitchcock sleep medicine expert Brooke Judd, MD.