The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions' (SCAI) Women in Innovations ("WIN") initiative would like to express its support for American Heart Month. Every February, Americans are urged to recognize the importance of their heart health and the millions of Americans burdened by heart disease. Many organizations dedicated to addressing heart disease show their support for this effort by organizing campaigns which promote awareness specifically around women's heart health. SCAI WIN applauds these efforts, including those of partner organizations WomenHeart and the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign. SCAI WIN is also making its own efforts this month through several activities which serve to promote its mission of facilitating more effective diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease, and fostering the professional development of female interventional cardiologists.
This month, WIN will release the "SCAI Consensus Document on Occupational Radiation Exposure to the Pregnant Cardiologist and Technical Personnel," an important paper addressing unanswered radiation exposure questions that female catheterization laboratory operators around the world face in their daily practices. February will also bring WIN's involvement in three educational events around the US; "Hot Topics in Women's Heart Health" hosted with Abbott Vascular's Women's Health Initiative in Los Angeles, CA, co-sponsorship of the American College of Cardiology's "Women's Career Leadership and Development Conference" in Charlotte, NC, and co-sponsorship of the "Women and Heart Disease Lunch Symposium" as part of CRT 2011 in Washington, DC.
SCAI WIN will continue to be dedicated to this cause throughout the year, but especially encourages you to take time out in February to express your own support of women's heart health by joining the cause. Whether it is by wearing red today, February 4 for Go Red for Women's "Go Red Day," suggesting to a loved one that they get a heart screening, or through another activity, we look forward to your involvement in American Heart Month, and feel strongly that together we will improve the care provided to female patients around the world.