WCH hosts first annual Cardio-Rheumatology Scientific Day
September 24, 2018
By Sarah Warr
On Friday, September 14, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) hosted their first annual Cardio-Rheumatology Scientific Day focused on managing heart disease risk in patients with inflammatory rheumatic conditions. Patients with inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, have up to a 50 per cent higher risk of developing heart disease. The event was organized to increase awareness of this risk and brought together 120 attendees including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists, industry partners and students.
The event had informative lectures from the following key experts on the association between inflammation, cardiovascular disease and rheumatic diseases:
- Dr. Paula Harvey, physician-in-chief and cardiologist, WCH, and scientist, Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI)
- Dr. Lihi Eder, rheumatologist, WCH, and scientist, WCRI
- Dr. Shadi Akhtari, cardiologist, WCH
- Dr. Husam Abdel-Qadir, cardiologist, WCH, and scientist, WCRI
- Dr. Kate Hanneman, cardio-thoracic radiologist, Toronto General Hospital
- Dr. Bindee Kuriya, rheumatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Following their lectures, the experts participated in a panel to discuss how to manage cardiovascular risk for this patient group, as well as take questions from the audience.
For more information on WCH’s Cardio-Rheumatology Clinic, click here.