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8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945

Release: Feb. 7, 2000

Public is invited to seminar on women, heart disease

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa cardiologist Ellen Gordon, M.D., discuss women and heart disease at a free seminar at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Radisson Hotel in Iowa City.

Gordon will present "Women and Heart Disease: Know the Risk Factors." Free cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks will be offered before the presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is one of a series of educational seminars planned by University of Iowa Health Care.

An associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine at the UI, Gordon is also the medical director of Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Services (CHAMPS) at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Currently, it is estimated that one in two women will eventually die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 27 who will eventually die of breast cancer, according to the American Heart Association. The good news is that people can substantially reduce many risk factors for heart disease and stroke with a few simple lifestyle changes.

In addition to discussing women's heart disease risk factors, Gordon will discuss advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in women.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information, or to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.