WISE Study and Women's Healthy Heart Month - C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D. - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

02/11/06

  1. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, Medical Director of the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and medical examination, she is also holder of the Women's Guild Chair in Women's Health and Medical Director of Women's Health at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Bairey Merz also serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine for the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Bairey Merz's primary area of research interest involves the development and prevention of heart disease in women, including the role of nutrition, exercise and stress. She is Chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored multi-center study, Women's Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE), which is investigating the potential for more effective diagnostic and evaluation methods of coronary artery disease in women. She will discuss the tremendous progress toward better understanding of heart disease in women that has been made through WISE.

Dr. Bairey Merz says, “So much of our understanding of the underpinnings of heart disease and heart attack, and the basis for our standard methods of diagnosis and treatment are the result of research conducted on men. Through clinical experience, many critical questions arose about how the disease may manifest differently in women, and how diagnostic techniques may need to be used differently in order to prevent more heart attacks and save lives.�

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