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Panelist: Gladys Velarde, MD
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Gladys Velarde, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
University of Florida, Jacksonville 

Dr. Velarde is the Director of the Women's Heart Program at the Strong Heart and Vascular Center. She is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  Dr.Velarde received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and fellowships in cardiology at Boston University and Mt. Sinai Hospitals. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease

Dr. Velarde's practice stresses preventive care for women (and men) at risk for cardiovascular disease and early detection of cardiac-related problems. The Women's Heart Center is unique, comprised entirely of female physicians, nurse practitioners and support staff, offering specialties from all areas of cardiology, as well as heart surgery and vascular surgery.

In addition to clinical care, her research interests include assessment of novel markers of cardiovascular disease in women with the metabolic syndrome. Currently she is the principal investigator of the PINK (Prothrombotic, INflammatory marKers) study, the first women-only study in female patients with the metabolic syndrome. The study focuses on blood markers that may put women with this syndrome at higher risk for cardiovascular events.

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