January 25, 2001

UCSD Physician Honored by American Heart Association

Cynthia A. Stuenkel, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, is being acknowledged by the American Heart Association for greatly contributing to women’s awareness of heart disease.

Dr. Stuenkel, a La Jolla resident, is being honored at the First Annual Women’s Legacy Luncheon on February 2 at The Bristol Hotel, in downtown San Diego from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cardiovascular disease and stroke kill more than 500,000 women every year and are leading causes of death among women. San Diego has been chosen by the American Heart Association as one of three United States cities to launch a major outreach effort to educate women about the risks of heart disease and stroke.

The Women’s Legacy Luncheon represents the American Heart Association’s commitment to transcend the generational gap to bring mothers, daughters, grandmothers and aunts together to face the silent epidemic of heart disease and stroke head on, and encourage them to be champions of health for their families and for the entire community. It is also serving as a forum to honor physicians who dedicate themselves to educating the public on heart disease prevention and treatment.

“Dr. Stuenkel is receiving this award as a medical professional who had made great strides in improving women's health through cardiovascular disease treatment and research,” said William J. Navrides,  Strategic Initiatives Director, American Heart Association, Western State Affiliates.

A female endocrinologist by training and a women’s health activist by choice, Dr. Stuenkel makes it her mission to educate women on disease prevention, therapies and their alternatives. She is an investigator on various women’s health research projects studying such things as hormone replacement therapies and their alternatives as well as the benefits in soy protein and statin therapies for heart disease. Additionally, she is a frequent lecturer to both health professionals and the community-at-large.

Through her studies, Dr. Stuenkel said she and her colleagues throughout the world will continue to look for “the magic bullet for women’s health” until they succeed. In the meantime, she tells women to “follow the advice your mother gave you about eating well, exercising, reducing stress, and stop smoking.”

Dr. Stuenkel said she is honored to be receiving this award from the AHA and hopes that their efforts to increase awareness of heart disease among women will save lives.

Tickets for the Women’s Legacy Luncheon are $100 and can be obtained by calling 619/291-7454.

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Media Contact: Kate Smith
619/543-6163  kdeely@ucsd.edu