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February 16, 2011

GulatiMarthaCOLUMBUS, Ohio – A book designed to educate women about preventing heart disease, the need to be aware of the symptoms of heart disease and advice for successfully managing this disease is being released this month by a cardiologist at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Dr. Martha Gulati, director of preventive cardiology and women’s cardiovascular health at Ohio State’s Medical Center and nationally recognized expert in the study of women and heart disease, co-authored Saving Women’s Hearts with Sherry Torkos.

According to Gulati, the book examines the unique gender differences for women and provides valuable insight into the screening procedures, diagnosis, treatment options and prevention of heart disease. Saving Women’s Hearts serves as a guide and makes the connection on how stress, sleep, family history and exercise impact the risk for heart disease. 

“The statistics for heart disease in women are alarming. It is the number one killer of women, accounting for one-third of all deaths in women,” adds Gulati, who also holds the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Ohio State. “Our goal with this book is to separate the facts from the many myths surrounding heart disease, while encouraging women to become more proactive in guarding their heart health.” 

The authors offer the latest information on both the conventional medical approach and the role of natural medicine in understanding heart disease. “While the statistics can be alarming, the positive news is that most risk factors for heart disease can be modified and we hope to help women better understanding how to do that, while also lowering their risk,” she adds. 

Gulati is a co-author of the most recent guidelines published by the American Heart Association for heart disease and prevention in women. In addition to Saving Women’s Heart, she previously co-authored Heart Power Recipes, published in 2004 and focusing on developing heart health eating habits.

She is a member of numerous advisory boards and societies, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gulati completed medical school at the University of Toronto, Canada. She went on to complete her internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She received a Master in Science at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease.

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Doug Flowers
Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations
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