On April 28th Newport Public Library will present Dr. Barbara Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center, at Miriam Hospital discussing risks and alternatives to cholesterol lowering statin drugs.
The 2:00 pm event is open to the public.
Dr Roberts, a Jamestown resident, graduated from Barnard College and Case Western Reserve Medical School. She did an internship at University Hospitals, Cleveland and later a residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Additional work done by Dr. Roberts was at National Heart Lug and Blood Institues of the National Institutes of Health and a cardiology Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital . Currently a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School-Brown University, Dr. Roberts has written and lectured, particularly on heart disease in women in this country. She has been director of the Women’s Cardiac Center since 2002. Married to sculptor, Joe Avaista, Dr. Roberts is the mother of three adult children.
Her latest book, “ The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-lowering Drugs” available to the public- April 24rd will be discussed during this event followed by a book signing.
Completing her presentation, Dr. Roberts will take questions regarding the use of statins.
Her new book and work as a practicing cardiologist comes at an interesting crossing point on a national basis.
On February 29th the FDA announced “safety changes” to the labeling for some widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The FDA has directed medical professionals to more closely monitor their patients during the use of statin products. Certain brain-related effects have been reported with statin use and increases in blood sugar levels-- leading to diabetes .
Her presentation will be in the Program Room, lower level of the library-a space handicapped accessible.