Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease: The "Bitter" Truth


Heart disease is hard to digest.  We all pretty much know by now the facts on women and heart disease: 1 in 3 women will die of heat failure every year; compared to 1 in 31 american women who loose their battle to breast cancer. 

But do we know what steps to take to take care of our heart? 

Join us at our next Howell Luncheon Series "Chocolate and Heart Disease: The Bitter Truth" with Dr. Pam Taud, who will be discussing cardiovascular disease in women, the risk factors for heart disease, preventive measures for heart disease and the story of chocolate. The idea that chocolate has beneficial effects and the mechanisms behind those beneficial effects derive from Dr.Taub's own research. How better to prepare for Valentine's Day than to hear some good news about chocolate (dark chocolate, that is)!

When: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time:  11:30 - Registration and Networking 
            1200 - Presentation and Lunch
Cost:   $50.00
Location:  La Jolla Country Club, 
                  7301 High Avenue, 
                  La Jolla, CA 92037

Register Here


Meet our Speaker: 

Pam R. Taub, MD FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Pam Taub received her MD at Boston University School of Medicine, her Internal Medicine training at University of Washington and her Cardiology training at UCSD. Dr. Taub is a general cardiologist and devotes much of her patient care to preventive measures believing that prevention is the new frontier in cardiology. Her research extends the search for preventive measures by focusing on the beneficial effects of chocolate.

Her own research—focused on how epicatechin (a compound found in dark chocolate) can improve mitochondrial structure and exercise capacity in patients with heart failure and diabetes—has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Cardiology, and has resulted in multiple publications in top journals. She is also developing and testing new biomarkers (blood tests) to predict cardiovascular risk, as well as studying the mechanisms of statin-related muscle complaints and decreases in exercise capacity and using epicatechin to treat them. 

If heat disease in women is 'bitter', Dr. Taub might just as well have given us a smart way to deal with it!  Register today as seating is almost full.  We certainly do hope to see you there; and in the mean time, take a minute to meet our speaker! 




Sources: 
https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/about-heart-disease-in-women/facts-about-heart-disease/
http://doctors.ucsd.edu/details/11968/pam-taub-cardiology-encinitas-la_jolla

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About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community.

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