October 5, 2018

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D, R.N. presented in Mountain Home on Women’s Cardiovascular Health

Cardio Luncheon - Dr. Bill and Leta Snow, Dr. McSweeney, Martha WellsDr. Jean McSweeney, Ph.D, R.N., professor and associate dean for research in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing and co-director of its Ph.D program recently spoke to a group in Mountain Home at Big Creek Country Club.  McSweeney shared about how heart disease is the number 1 cause of death for women in Arkansas and how women can educate themselves to better know the risk factors and symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease.  McSweeney is an internationally known researcher with more than 20 years of experience in women’s cardiovascular disease.  She was the first to identify different heart attack symptoms for women in a 2003 study published in the American Heart Association’s premier journal, Circulation.  In 2016, she chaired the first American Heart Association Scientific Statement fully devoted to heart disease in women.  While at the luncheon Dr. Bill Snow of Mountain Home stood up to say that having practiced medicine  for many decades in Mountain Home he knew there was a difference in men and women’s heart symptoms, however, it took Dr. McSweeney’s research to help this come to light.  Furthermore, he believes if Dr. McSweeney had been born male she would be awarded the Nobel prize in medicine.  I hope everyone understands the caliber of her research in women’s cardiovascular disease and spreads the word to all their friends.   The presentation was made possible by Mrs. Martha Wells and The Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Foundation.

Dr. McSweeney was invested in the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Professorship in March of 2018.  Continued efforts are underway to enhance this endowed professorship in Women’s Cardiovascular Health to a chair.  If you wish to make a gift to this endowment please call 501.526.8950 or click on the nursing giving to support this great research.