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UPMC is Only Health System in the Region to be Named Among the Top Heart Centers for Women by Good Housekeeping Magazine

PITTSBURGH, January 26, 2004 The Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is the only health system in the region to be named among the top heart disease treatment centers for women, according to the February issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

Named as a Top Doc for treating womens heart disease is Steven Reis, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of UPMCs LHAS Women's Heart Center.

The Women's Heart Center addresses multiple cardiovascular problems in women and focuses on four areas: prevention, chest pain, congestive heart failure and mitral valve prolapse.

Dr. Reis is one of the nation's leading experts in the area of women's heart disease, said Elizabeth Concordia, president of UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside hospital. His clinical and research activities through the UPMC Women's Heart Center has led to ground-breaking discoveries into the role of hormones in cardiac diseases and gender differences in the diagnosis, treatment and referral patterns of patients suspected of heart disease. By focusing on small coronary artery vessel changes, he has helped thousands of women who have coronary artery disease, unrecognized, through standard diagnostic testing.

Dr. Reis also is the director of clinical research in the UPMC Cardiovascular Institute. He currently is principal investigator of a research study to determine factors that may explain established racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular risk. In addition, the study is evaluating the effectiveness of a community-based intervention program in the reduction of racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular risk among intermediate- and high-risk populations.

The February issue of Good Housekeeping lists 44 top cardiac centers for women and names an exceptional physician at each center. To compile the list, the magazine partnered with Castle Connolly, publishers of the guide Americas Top Doctors, to identify the best of the best heart centers around the country.

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