First-of-its-Kind Summit Will Explore Sex and Gender-Based Factors Impacting Vascular...
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First-of-its-Kind Summit Will Explore Sex and Gender-Based Factors Impacting Vascular Health Unique Symposium Aims to Advance the Development of Sex-Specific Medical Technology for Treating Vascular Diseases SPENCER, Ind.--(Business Wire)-- "The Impact of Sex on Vascular Diseases and Implications for Novel Therapeutics," a conference to examine how sex and gender differences affect vascular disease in both men and women, is scheduled for February 8, 2008 at the world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The one-day summit brings together top medical and scientific experts specialized in sex and gender-based medicine. Sponsored by Cook Medical, the first-of-its-kind scientific symposium will explore the impact of sex and gender on vascular diseases including heart attack and strokes. The goal of the symposium is to further advance research in sex-specific treatments for vascular diseases and develop a plan of action to address the inherent differences in how men and women are treated for these conditions, ensuring the best quality treatment for each group. Each year, heart disease kills more Americans than cancer. Nearly twice as many women in the United States die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases than from all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. Several factors can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke including age, family history, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and physical inactivity. Recent studies also have shown that biological differences between men and women can also impact vascular health. "Although heart disease is a leading killer of both men and women, research has shown that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men, leaving them twice as likely to die from a heart attack," said Saralyn Mark, MD. "It is imperative that the medical community identify and evaluate the sex and gender-based discrepancies in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease, as well as the impact current medical technology can have on each of the sexes. This summit is an important step in advancing medical care in this area and will provide an open dialogue to promote further development of new sex and gender-specific treatments to improve heart health for both men and women." The one-day summit, conducted by renowned cardiologist and gender-based medical specialists, will debate the impact that sex and gender differences have in the formation and treatment of vascular diseases. Specific topics of discussion will include the following: -- Novel Biotech and Biopharmaceutical Therapeutic Approaches: Opportunities for Development in Vascular Diseases -- Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes -- Sex Differences in Vascular Cellular and Tissue Engineering -- Sex Differences in Atherosclerosis -- Sex Differences in Thrombosis and Current Thrombolytic Strategy Response: Implications of New Local Delivery -- Sex Differences in Medication Response and Pharmacogenetics: Implications for Drug Utilization and Development -- Sex Differences in Hormonal Regulation of Vascular Tissue: Implications for PCI Restenosis and Local Drug Delivery -- Sex Differences in Stem Cells and Stem Therapies: Implications for Application and Drug Delivery "Recent studies have shown that a one-size-fits-all approach to medical technology is not always effective when treating male and female patients," said Christina Anne, Vice President of Cook Women's Health. "Inherent differences exist in the biological make-up of men and women and these differences can have profound implications on their medical treatment. Therefore, it is extremely important that the healthcare community be proactive in better understanding these variations and determining how to better customize medical technology to address them. Through this summit and others like it, we hope to improve healthcare for men and women across the globe." Cook Women's Health has brought a new level of patient-centered innovation to the global market recognizing that women have special health and medical needs. Cook Women's Health will continue to uniquely address prevalent areas of women's health including pelvic floor repair, high-risk obstetrics, assisted reproductive technology and gynecological imaging. About Cook Medical: Cook Medical was the first company to introduce interventional devices in the United States. Today, the company participates in all global markets, integrating device design, biopharma, gene and cell therapy and biotech to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. Cook won the prestigious Medical Device Manufacturer of the Year for 2006 from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine. For more information, visit www.cookmedical.com. Cook Urology and Women's Health Gail McDaniel, 812-369-9727 firstname.lastname@example.org or Racepoint Group, Inc. Shannon Breen, 781-487-4607 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2008
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