BC Cardiovascular Community at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress

Rising Stars – Dr. Tara Sedlak

TSedlakDr. Tara Sedlak received her Doctor of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology residency from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia). She also completed a fellowship at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre (Los Angeles, California) with Dr. Bairey Merz, the world’s leading expert in women’s heart health. Dr. Tara Sedlak practices General Cardiology at Vancouver General Hospital and is the director of the Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic. Her research interests include etiologies of myocardial infarction in women with normal coronary arteries and therapeutic strategies in microvascular coronary dysfunction and spontaneous coronary artery dissection.

Lay summary of program/project:

Twenty five to forty percent of women that present with signs and symptoms of a cardiac lack of blood supply will not have major cholesterol plaque blockages on testing such as an angiogram.  Many of these women will have disease in the small blood vessels of their heart (microvascular dysfunction), tears in the arteries of the heart (dissection) or spasm of the heart vessels (vasospasm). Our program of research examines the various tests and management of these conditions.

Medical summary of program/project:

At Vancouver General Hospital, in collaboration with British Columbia Women’s Hospital, we are creating a Women’s Heart Center (WHC), the first of its kind in Canada. The focus of the clinic and program is the work-up and diagnosis of women with ongoing chest pain and/or prior myocardial infarction but no obstructive coronary artery disease. We will also be engaging in a number of research studies, including diagnostic tools and treatment of microvascular disease, treatment of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and work-up of myocardial infarction with no obvious diagnosis.