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Heart to Heart: A Chat About Heart Disease Risk in Women

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February 14, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Ischemic heart disease (IHD) refers to the reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, usually caused by plaque buildup in the arteries surrounding the heart. IHD is also known as coronary artery or coronary heart disease. IHD is a leading cause of death for women in the United States, yet there are significant awareness gaps about the impacts of IHD in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IHD is the cause of death for 3.8% of women ages 15-49 years, 9% of women ages 50-64 years, and 12% of women 65+ years.

Studies have identified that women experience different symptoms of IHD – one of the largest differences being that women are less likely to have chest pain, which is commonly experienced in men. The complex relationship between risk factors and symptoms of IHD, and sex-specific health events over the lifespan contribute to the disparities observed in the prevention, treatment, and outcomes of IHD between men and women.

SWHR hosted an Instagram Live event with a cardiology and women’s health expert to discuss the prevention and treatment of IHD in women across the lifespan, with a focus on young women.


February 14, 2024
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
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Nieca Goldberg, MD

Nieca Goldberg, MD

Nieca Goldberg, MD

Nieca Goldberg, MD

Dr. Nieca Goldberg is Medical Director of Atria New York City and Clinical Associate Professor of medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She was the Co-Medical Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Cardio Rehab Program. Dr. Goldberg is a cardiologist, author, and podcast host of “Beyond the Heart – Improving Your Health One Conversation at a Time,” and a nationally recognized pioneer in women’s heart health. Dr. Goldberg is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and started the “Go Red for Women” campaign. Before joining Atria New York City, she was medical director of NYU Women’s Heart Program, Senior Advisor of Women’s Health Strategy NYU Langone Health, the founder, and Medical Director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

Irene O. Aninye, PhD

Chief Science Officer, Society for Women's Health Research

Irene O. Aninye, PhD

Chief Science Officer, Society for Women's Health Research

Aninye envisions and directs dynamic science programs that increase awareness of and investment in women’s health and sex differences research. She identifies and recruits diverse stakeholders to participate in SWHR’s interdisciplinary science networks and channels their expertise to advance the goals of SWHR’s mission-focused programs.

Prior to joining SWHR, Aninye worked for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Research Competitiveness Program, where she led strategy teams to evaluate the progress and outcomes of multidisciplinary STEM research and training programs for university consortia. She also designed peer-review systems for externally organized competitions and facilitated workshops to build research capacity and competitiveness in the U.S. and abroad.

Aninye completed her PhD in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her research focused on identifying and characterizing novel small molecule inhibitors of progesterone receptor action in breast cancer. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she expanded her work in endocrinology and metabolism, studying thyroid hormone action in development and reproduction.

In addition to research, Aninye has dedicated her career to engaging the scientific community through academic service, outreach, and teaching. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), she developed CEU courses in biotechnology and innovation for clinicians and basic researchers through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES@NIH). She was also a member of the biology faculty at Loyola University Maryland.

With a passion to diversify the face of STEM and increase the involvement of underrepresented groups in the sciences, she serves as a mentor and advisor to students and early-career scientists, and she has provided leadership on multiple educational program, career development, and award review committees at professional societies, universities, and community organizations.

A Washington, DC, native, Aninye attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Meyerhoff Scholar and holds a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology.