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Panelist: Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MAEd
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Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MAEd

Social Worker
Immediate Past President, WomenHeart
Cordova, TN

Kathy Kastan, LCSW/MAEd, is Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of WomenHeart; a national organization dedicated to reducing death and disability among women living with heart disease. Ms. Kastan is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Region of the American Heart Association. As a bypass survivor at age 42, Ms. Kastan understands the unique perspectives and challenges of women living with heart disease. In speaking with women's groups, the media, health care providers and political leaders across the country about heart disease, Ms. Kastan urges women to know their risk factors for heart disease and insist that their doctors partner with them in their health care and treat them seriously.

Ms. Kastan holds an MSW and MAEd from Washington University in St. Louis and is a certified LCSW and licensed family mediator. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience in hospital and private settings, specializing in individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults.

Ms. Kastan's first book "From the Heart: A Woman's Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease" was published March 30, 2007 by Da Capo Lifelong Books-a member of the Perseus Books Group. The paperback edition was published in January of 2008. WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook was also published in January of 2008 and Ms. Kastan is a co-author.

Most importantly, Ms. Kastan has been married for 27 years and has 3 wonderful boys ages 21, 18 and 16. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

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