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FMD and SCAD
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Heather Gornik, MD

  • Cardiologist
  • Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Natalia Fendrikova Mahlay, MD

  • Vascular Medicine Specialist
  • Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon disorder often found in women between ages 30 and 50, but may also occur in children and the elderly. It can be difficult to diagnose, but while there is no cure, it can be treated effectively. Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with Heather Gornik, MD, an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of FMD, and Natalia Fendrikova Mahlay, MD, cardiologist in the Department of Vascular Medicine to discuss your questions on FMD and SCAD.

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is an uncommon disorder characterized by abnormal cellular growth in the walls of medium and large arteries. FMD is often found in women between ages 30 and 50, but may also occur in children and the elderly in some cases. Often the disease is hard to diagnose since many FMD patients do not exhibit any symptoms or findings on a physical examination. Treatment for FMD varies and can be tailored to treat different severities. While there isn't a cure, it can be treated effectively.

SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) is a rare condition that that occurs when a tear forms in one or more blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. It is mostly found in women between the ages of 30 and 50.

In 2014, the American Heart Association released new guidelines on FMD. The multi-disciplinary statement is helping to pave the way for new research and will help doctors and researchers better understand this condition.

Heather Gornik, MD, is a staff physician in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sections of Clinical Cardiology and Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory. She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and has been certified in vascular disease by the American Board of Vascular Medicine. She is also fully trained in vascular ultrasound and is a registered vascular technologist. Dr. Gornik's clinical specialty interests include general cardiology, atherosclerotic vascular disease, peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, fibromuscular dysplasia, unusual vascular disorders, and vascular ultrasound. A graduate of the University of Chicago/Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed her residency as well as fellowship in cardiology and vascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Gornik leads The Fibromuscular Dysplasia Clinic, which is a biweekly clinic designed to diagnose and treat patients with FMD. At the Clinic Vascular Medicine experts consult with colleagues in interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, genetics and neurology as needed. This team works together with patients to best develop a treatment plan tailored to their needs and severity of disease.

Natalia Fendrikova Mahlay, MD, is a staff physician in the Department of Vascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Fendrikova Mahlay earned her medical degree from O. Bohomoletz National Medical University in her native country of Ukraine, earning the distinction of Physician Diplomate with Honor. During her residency she participated in international research projects and later was selected to continue her training in the United States as part of a physician exchange program.

Dr. Fendrikova Mahlay graduated from an internal medicine residency program at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Cleveland. She completed her professional training with a vascular medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2011.

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