UF Health cardiologist honored with national award for research

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is honoring Dr. Carl Pepine with the Wegner Award for his research in the women's heart health field.

The former chief of the UF Health division of cardiovascular medicine was has dedicated his much of his work to women’s cardiovascular health for nearly four decades.

His latest study, coined WARRIOR or omen’s IschemiA TReatment Reduces Events In Non-ObstRuctive CAD, is a clinical trial to investigate questions regarding chest pain thought to be due to coronary artery disease, or CAD. The Department of Defense funded the research with a $14.9 million grant. Thus far 300 of the 4,400 women for the study have been recruited. It’s too soon to predict results of the 4-year study.

In addition to ongoing research, Pepine sees patients at UF Health Cardiology — Springhill and the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital.

The 19th Annual Wegner Awards will be given out in Washington, D.C. in May and will recognize elite members of the medical, public policy and science communities, alongside heart disease survivors.