Atherosclerosis: not just a man’s disease

Dr Wendy Hall

Atherosclerosis: not just a man’s disease

Dr Wendy Hall



Part of the symposium ‘Women’s Health Across The Lifespan

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Session Outlines and Learning Objectives

About the session

More than 3.5 million women in the UK are living with heart disease, and increasingly it is recognised that cardiovascular diseases are not just a major health concern for men.

In fact, it kills more than twice as many women as breast cancer. The relative impact of some risk factors may differ between sexes, and other risk factors are specific to women. This talk will address these issues and take a critical look at dietary approaches for prevention of cardiovascular disease in women.

Watch this session to:


  • The prevalence and risk factors for cardiovascular disease in women
  • Female-specific aspects of heart disease
  • The role of menopause in increasing risk factors for heart disease


  • Gender inequalities in the healthcare system when it comes to diagnosis and treatment
  • The latest consensus on HRT and cardiovascular disease


  • Critically discuss dietary approaches to prevention and management of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases in women will be outlined
Dr Wendy Hall, PhD RNutr, Reader in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London

Guest speaker

Dr Wendy Hall
TReader of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Life Course and Population Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Wendy Hall (RNutr) completed her PhD (2001) at the University of Surrey where she stayed for another 2 years as a researcher. Following 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Reading, including investigating cardiometabolic effects of soy isoflavones in postmenopausal women, Wendy was appointed to an academic post at King’s College London. Wendy’s research involves diet and lifestyle interventions and their impact on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. She is the Nutrition Society Theme Leader for Nutrition and Optimum Life-course.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Angela Flynn
Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences, King’s College London

Dr Flynn is a Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. She started her career as a community pharmacist in Ireland and subsequently completed an MSc in Nutrition followed by a PhD in Maternal Nutrition at King’s College London. Her research focuses on interventions that aim to improve outcomes for women before, and during pregnancy, particularly women at risk of developing gestational diabetes. Other interests include examining the relationship between maternal micronutrient status and pregnancy outcomes.

Melissa Mogor


Dr Sara White
Clinician Scientist and Maternal Diabetes Clinical Research Lead, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Metabolic Medicine (Clinical Biochemistry), Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sara White is a Metabolic Physician with clinical expertise in diabetes in pregnancy. During her PhD she investigated early pregnancy gestational diabetes (GDM) prediction and metabolic profiles amongst obese women with GDM. Her research explores GDM pathophysiology and stratification of potential subtypes, plus ways to improve outcomes in at-risk women.

Part of the symposium series:

Women’s Health Across The Lifespan


This symposium is approved for CPD by the BDA and AfN

You are welcome to attend individual sessions. CPD certificates will be issued based on length of total time attended.


Women’s health has received greater publicity in the last year, which has resulted in more people seeking advice and support in this area. Therefore this masterclass will support those who are practicing in this field.

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This webinar is being run in association with the Department of Women and Children’s Health and Nutritional Sciences at Kings College London, Benecol Healthcare Professional team and the BDA Maternal and Fertility Specialist Group

The research of the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London, centres around the concept of the life course of health. The health of the next generation begins at the earliest stages, the research spans preconception, maternity, infancy and adolescence.


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The Maternal and Fertility Nutrition Group are a specialist group of the British Dietetic Association. The ambitious and passionate group are dedicated to research, education and improving the standards and quality of care to patients accessing such services nationwide.

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