Meetings and Events | ACC Oregon Chapter WIC Event Features CV Pioneer Nanette Wenger, MD, MACC

This article was authored by Alexandra Ritts, MD, Fellow in Training (FIT) at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute in Portland, OR.

On a beautiful July evening in Portland, several of Oregon's female cardiologists gathered at Bluehour restaurant for a WIC Oregon Chapter social event. With encouragement from the ACC WIC Section and Council, many of the state's long-practicing and early career female cardiologists, as well as several current female fellows, came together over a gourmet meal and were treated to an outstanding presentation by the legendary Nanette Wenger, MD, MACC, on “Women and Stable Ischemic Heart Disease.”

A world-famous pioneer in the field of cardiology and women in cardiology, Wenger inspired all in attendance with her countless scientific and clinical contributions to better understanding the role of gender differences in cardiovascular disease and its risk factors. In her presentation, Wenger highlighted several cardiovascular disease concerns that are highly prevalent in women, such as coronary microvascular disease. She reviewed current research evidence and its application to better clinical care for our female patients with stable ischemic heart disease, such as the selection of screening modalities and medical management. In addition, she highlighted many areas of potential future research with the hope to better elucidate the relationship between ischemic heart disease in women and states such as pregnancy, rheumatologic disease, stress and depression. The complex interplay between these physical and emotional states and a woman's physical activity level was discussed among the group. 

An open forum was held at the end of the event where ideas were exchanged about how to address care delivery challenges in women with heart disease. Ideas about how to improve cardiac rehabilitation accessibility and clinical practice tools, such as smart phone applications, were also shared. Over dessert, participants shared life and job updates and mentorship introductions were made.

A wonderful time was had by all with great anticipation expressed about future meetings! A special thank you is given to immediate past WIC Chair Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC, who was instrumental in this event's organization.