February 1, 2019

How one woman changed what doctors know about heart attacks

By Karl Oestreich

New York Times
by Haider Warraich, M.D.

Katherine Leon was 38 and living in Alexandria, Va., when she gave birth to her second son in 2003. She In 2009, Ms. Leon went to the WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic, where The New York Times newspaper logoshe met Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Mayo. At that time, the largest study on SCAD included 43 patients. “I walked up to Dr. Hayes and told her we had 70 people, and we wanted research,” Ms. Leon recalled. “She was like, ‘Wow.’” “Everything I learned about SCAD in my medical training was wrong,” Dr. Hayes said. By 2010, with the help of Dr. Hayes and SCAD Research Inc., an organization founded by Bob Alico, who lost his wife to SCAD, Dr. Hayes devised an innovative way to do research, using  online networks of far-flung patients and analyzing genetic and clinical data. “We never imagined there would be 1,000 female patients in our virtual registry,” Dr. Hayes said.was discharged from the hospital, but instead of getting better, she recalls, she kept feeling “worse and worse and worse.”…

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Context:  Sharrone Hayes, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic cardiologist. Dr. Hayes studies cardiovascular disease and prevention, with a focus on sex and gender differences and conditions that uniquely or predominantly affect women. With a clinical base in the Women's Heart Clinic, Dr. Hayes and her research team utilize novel recruitment methods, social media and online communities, DNA profiling, and sex-specific evaluations to better understand several cardiovascular conditions. A major area of focus is spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), an uncommon and under-recognized cause of acute coronary syndrome (heart attack) that occurs predominantly in young women. You can read more about her medical research here.

Contact:  Traci Klein

Tags: Dr. Sharonne Hayes, New York Times, SCAD, Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection, Uncategorized, WomenHeart Science and Leadership Symposium

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