Community Conversation – February 2024

FEBRUARY 12, 2024 –

Caretaker’s Syndrome & Demystifying Heart Disease In Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. It thought that women have worse outcomes from heart disease due to their presentation. Although this is partially true, women, as a whole, actually get better outcomes from treatment than their male counterparts. This discussion covered the differences in presentations of men and women. We discussed the data that shows how women actually respond to treatment better than women. Finally, we discussed how being a “caretaker” is the actual difference in outcomes that have been historically seen between men and women experiencing heart disease.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognizing the different presentations of heart disease between men and women.
  2. Understanding the different treatments for heart disease and how they differ between the sexes.
  3. Understanding what caretaker syndrome is and how it effects patient outcomes.
  4. Understanding that hormones play a much greater role in the treatment of heart disease for women.

Speaker – 

Dr. Chris Price practiced as a general cardiologist for over 20 years until he retired in 2017. While working at The Everett Clinic and EvergreenHealth, he served in leadership positions including Department Chair and Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology. He has always been a dedicated patient advocate, whether that was for his own patients or his family friends. After experiencing a personal health issue that led to his early retirement, he became even more interested in patient advocacy and started his own business, Call Doctor Chris, to continue this passion and serve others in Washington state and beyond. He received his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine and his BS from Santa Clara University.

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