Heart of A Woman Medical Symposium: 13-14 July, 2019


Heart of a Woman Medical Symposium

Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados

13 July 2019 9am-5pm, 14 July 2019 9am-1pm


Event Brief


Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in women worldwide. Yet, research consistently reveals a profound lack of awareness of this fact, not only among women, but also among many healthcare professionals. Beyond this lack of awareness, disparities in treatment of cardiovascular disease in women exist, often because of failure to appreciate differences in disease presentation between men and women. 

It is for these reasons that the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados (HSFB) Inc. conceptualized HoW, a forum designed to educate both the Barbadian public and healthcare providers in concurrent symposia.  The aim of the CME activity is to heighten awareness and to bridge the knowledge gap of manifestations, diagnosis and management of CVD in women.

The conference programme is led and developed by Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Medical Director, HFSB and will feature some leading cardiologists from the USA and other guest presenters. Speakers include:

Dr. Gina Price Lundberg, Cardiologist, USA

Gina Price Lundberg, MD is the Clinical Director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center and a Preventive Cardiologist with Emory Clinic in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Lundberg is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been interviewed about Heart Disease in Women on various media channels including CNN and in USA Today.


Dr. Selma Mohammed, Cardiologist, USA

Selma Mohammed, MBBS, PhD, is a Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist at MedStar Health, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University of School of Medicine, Washington, DC. She conducts clinical research in heart failure as a scientific lead for the heart failure research team at MedStar.


Dr. Patricia Best, Cardiologist, USA

Patricia J M Best, MD, is an associate professor of internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is an interventional cardiologist, an active member of the Women’s Heart Clinic and a researcher at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention.


Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietitian, Canada

Helene Charlebois is a Registered Dietitian and Obesity Expert with over 25 years of experience in counselling, nutrition education and weight management.

Dr. Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist, Barbados

Dawn Scantlebury, MBBS, is a consultant cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and senior associate lecturer in cardiology at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados Dr. Scantlebury’s areas of practice include interventional cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac rehabilitation. Her main research focus is cardiovascular disease in women, particularly stress-induced cardiomyopathy and the long-term cardiovascular effects of hypertensive pregnancy.


Dr. Alafia Samuels, Epidemiologist, Barbados

Alafia Samuels, MBBS, PhD is the Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Deputy Dean for Research and Graduate Programmes, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus Barbados and Co-Principal Investigator of the IDRC (International Development Research Centre, Canada) funded evaluation of the CARICOM Heads of Government 2007 NCD Summit Declaration. She is currently a member of the Barbados National NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Commission and the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health’s Strategic Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2015-2019 as well as the CARICOM Regional NCD Plan 2010-2015

Other speakers include:

Dr. NaTisha Robinson, Materno-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Barbados

Dr. Aderemi Soyombo, Cardiologist, Barbados

Dr. Arianne Harvey, Internist, Barbados

Rosanna Springer, RN, Barbados

Dr. Colette George, Endocrinologist

Dr. Cindy Flower, Rheumatologist

Dr. Lynda Williams

Dr. Stephen Moe, Cardiologist


Heart of a Woman Medical Symposium (CME conference), July 13-14


Download Programme: CME symposium near final agenda

Day 1: Saturday 13th July



Speaker/Session Chair







What does it Matter?  

 Dr Gina Lundberg, Preventive Cardiologist, USA



Introduction:  what’s so special about the Heart of a Woman?

Dr Dawn Scantlebury, Interventional Cardiologist, Barbados

Why HoW now?

Dr Scantlebury introduces the topic of sex and gender in cardiovascular medicine.


What happens when we don’t focus on the heart of a woman? Inequities in Cardiovascular care


Surely, we’re doing well here in Barbados- What does Barbadian data teach us?

Dr Alafia Samuels, Professor of Epidemiology, Barbados

Dr Samuels reports on sex-specific data from the Barbados National Registry of NCDs.


Panel Discussion

Dr Patricia Best, Dr Alafia Samuels, Dr Dawn Scantlebury







A Pound of Cure: Common CVD conditions in practice

 Dr Dawn Scantlebury



Coronary artery disease: stable and unstable presentations in women

Dr Patricia Best, Interventional Cardiologist, USA


Dr Best will discuss differences in CAD epidemiology and presentation between men and women. She will highlight conditions such as takotsubo cardiomyopathy and SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection), as well as more ‘mundane’ CAD diagnoses.


Heart failure: reduced vs. preserved- what is different for women?

Dr Selma Mohammed

Heart failure/transplant Cardiologist, USA

Are women more likely to get one type of heart failure compared to the other? Do you understand the differences in management between heart failure with preserved vs heart failure with reduced ejection fraction? Dr Mohammed will enlighten you.


Atrial fibrillation/stroke

Dr Aderemi Soyombo, Cardiologist, Barbados

AF, stroke and women. Dr Soyombo gives key points on the management of AF in the primary care setting














An Ounce of Prevention.

 Dr Alafia Samuels



It’s all about prevention, be it primary or secondary…

Dr Gina Lundberg, Preventive Cardiologist, Emory University

Do you know your patients’ risk for CVD? How do you counsel them? Who do you screen? You won’t want to miss this session where Dr Lundberg clarifies the concept of prevention- which is always better than cure and the all-important risk stratification for CVD.

Evaluating cardiovascular risk. Traditional and non-traditional risk factors.


If the lupus doesn’t get them… Autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease

Dr Cindy Flower, Rheumatologist, Barbados

What does rheumatoid arthritis have to do with the heart? Dr Cindy Flower expands on the heart- joint connection.






Let’s Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

 Dr Cindy Flower



The Foundation of it all- Lifestyle Modification workshop

Ms. Helene Charlebois, Registered Dietician, Canada

How comfortable are you with the weight-loss advice you give your patients? Do you just say: go join a gym; Just eat healthy? In this interactive workshop, Ms Charlebois will teach the teachers.














The new hypertension guidelines- how do I integrate into my practice?

Dr Arianne Harvey, Internist, Barbados

Dr Harvey will simplify and streamline the different HTN guidelines, focusing on tactics to navigate women-specific scenarios


But the cholesterol is only 5 mmol/L. Why should I start a statin?

Dr Gina Lundberg

Getting that risk down: Dr, Lundberg highlights cholesterol management in women.


Diabetocardiology? New frontiers in diabetes management

Dr Colette George, Endocrinologist, Barbados

Diabetes is commonly described as a CVD equivalent condition. What does that mean for your management of the diabetic patient? Dr George elaborates.


Panel Discussion








Bikini Medicine?

 Dr Patricia Best

Overlap between ObGYN and Cardiology


Normal cardiac findings in pregnancy

Dr Dominique Marshall, OBGYN registrar

A woman’s cardiovascular system undergoes a marked change during pregnancy. What should you expect? Dr Marshall explains


Cardiac problems in pregnancy.

Dr Dawn Scantlebury

My patient says she had a heart murmur growing up- does she need to see the cardiologist during this pregnancy?


Pregnancy as a window to the future

Dr NaTisha Robinson, Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, Barbados

They say, ‘pregnancy is a stress test’, but what does that mean? Dr Robinson will enlighten you.


Panel discussion








Putting it together: an ounce of prevention

Panel discussion: G. Lundberg, C. George, A. Harvey, P. Best,

We’re not all the same! Interactive workshop discussing risk stratification and management of women at different stages of the lifespan.


A 45-year-old G3P3 comes to you for her annual physical



A 70-year-old woman with diabetes comes for routine follow up



A 30-year-old woman asks what she can do to decrease her long-term cardiovascular risk



Question and Answer Session




Adjourn Day 1.





Day 2 Sunday 14th July


Review Day 1

 Dr Dawn Scantlebury



Introduction to Electrocardiogram interpretation

Dr R. Jeffrey Massay, Cardiologist, Barbados

In this first hour of the day, Drs Massay, Moe and Scantlebury will lay the groundwork for ECG interpretation. 


Basics of cardiac conduction, including normal waves, segments and intervals

Dr Dawn Scantlebury


Performing an ECG



Systematic approach to reading an ECG

Dr R. Jeffrey Massay


Rate, rhythm, axis

Dr Stephen Moe, Cardiologist, Barbados






A Pound of Cure in practice- with ECGs!

Dr Selma Mohammed



A 60- year-

old woman with intermittent chest pain

ECG: Ischaemia

Dr Stephen Moe

Dr Kenneth Connell, Internist, Barbados

Dr Patricia Best,

RN Rosanna Springer- Wellness nurse, Local Insurance Company

You’ve had some great education, now let’s put it into practice. We will discuss the management of different cardiovascular conditions using a case-based format, including interpretation of relevant ECGs.


A 42-year-old woman presents with sudden onset severe chest pain

ECG: Findings in MI











Doc, I can’t lie down flat at night: A 55-year-old woman presents with shortness of breath

ECG: Ventricular hypertrophy

Dr Arianne Harvey, Dr Aderemi Soyombo, Dr Kenneth Connell, Dr Lynda Williams Primary care and palliative care physician, Barbados, RN Rosanna Springer


A 70-year-old woman with intermittent palpitations: atrial fibrillation in the primary care setting.

ECG: Arrhythmias











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