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Through this community outreach program, Texas Heart Institute provides educational information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  

Matters of the Heart
A lecture series exploring the heart, the emotional repercussions of heart disease, and the future of heart repair and replacement.
Five Tuesdays, April 15, 22, and 29; May 6 and 13, 12:00-1:30 pm
Register online

Rebecca Trahan & Lisa Hulick speak in the Matters of the Heart Series

 April 22, Noon-1:30 p.m., at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.

LISA BUNDICK HULICK and REBECCA TRAHAN will discuss how they live with heart disease, as well as new initiatives underway to assist women with heart disease and to increase awareness of heart disease in women. Lisa and Rebecca are the faces of WomenHeart Houston, part of a national peer network educating and helping women who, like Lisa and Rebecca, have experienced life-threatening heart crises.

  Dr. Cristina IvanApril 29, Noon-1:30 p.m., The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.   

DR. M. CRISTINA IVAN, a psychiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine with a special interest in treating patients who are suffering from psychological distress caused by medical conditions, will discuss how to handle the depression, anxiety and grief that sometimes arise in the aftermath of heart disease.

  Dr. William May 6, Noon-1:30 p.m., The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.
DR. BILLY COHN, cardiovascular surgeon and director of Texas Heart Institute's Center for Technology and Innovation, will discuss his quest to develop a continuous-flow heart pump and other devices to repair or replace damaged hearts. With a passion for medical device development, Dr. Cohn has more than 70 U.S. patents granted or pending, and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations. He has been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

 Doris Taylor, PhDMay 13, Noon-1:30 p.m., The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.
DR. DORIS TAYLOR, director of regenerative medicine research at Texas Heart Institute, will discuss her groundbreaking research to create hearts in the lab from a patient's own stem cells. In a process known as decellularization, Dr. Taylor and her team remove the existing cells from the hearts of laboratory animals, which leaves a framework for building new organs. They then "seed" the framework with human adult stem cells to give it a blood supply, which causes the organ to regenerate and take on the characteristics of a revitalized, beating heart. This research may one day help scientists create fully functional human hearts in the lab. This is significant because the need for transplants continues to grow, while the supply of donor organs remains critically low.

 Dr. Stephanie CoulterPAST EVENT, April 15, Noon-1:30 p.m., The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.
DR. STEPHANIE COULTER, director of the Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health at Texas Heart Institute, gives a virtual tour of the heart using state-of-the-art animation tools and explains how the heart works and what can be done to keep it healthy. Dr. Coulter has a special interest in preventing and treating heart disease in women, which often presents differently than heart disease in men.



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Patients, families, and visitors welcome. Located on the first floor of Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Medical Center — the Denton A. Cooley building. Open Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Phone: 1-800-292-2221.  Learn more about us.

Patient Care information for Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's (Atención al paciente én español)

Updated April 2014

If you need information about keeping your heart healthy, e-mail the
Heart Information Center or call 1-800-292-2221.
 (Outside the U.S., call 1-832-355-6536.)

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center
Through this community outreach program, staff members of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) provide educational information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is not the intention of THI to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided and THI urges you to visit a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your questions.
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