The heart is a muscle, so just as myositis causes inflammation in other muscles in the body, inflammation can also occur in the heart muscle. This can lead to a number of cardiovascular issues.

In recognition of February as American Heart Month, former TMA medical advisor Dr. Christina Charles-Schoeman will offer a webinar about heart disease and myositis on Thursday, February 21 at 4pm ET. She will make a brief presentation and then respond to participants’ questions about heart disease and myositis.

Dr. Charles-Schoeman is a rheumatologist and associate professor of medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is an active investigator in multiple clinical trials involving novel therapies for myositis, and her research in this area includes the study of cardiovascular disease in myositis, including the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and their association with myopathy.

Registration in advance is required. To register, please click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You will need to download zoom to your computer, so please open this registration link prior to the webinar. Please contact LaDonna at if you have any questions about set up.


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