Healthcare Professionals Gain Insight into SCD

5/8/2012

On April 24, over 100 healthcare professionals from St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals attended an educational symposium at St. Luke’s Hospital to promote sudden cardiac death (SCD) awareness. The event featured Andrew D. Krahn, MD, FACC, President of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, who spoke on the genetic predictors related to this disorder. 

Several University Medical Practices Associates (UMPA) cardiologists also gave presentations, including Emad Aziz, DO, MB CHB, FACC; Farooq Chaudhry, MD, FACC, FASE; and Eyal Herzog, MD, FACC. Dr. Aziz spoke on the gap in healthcare management and the role of the Advanced Cardiac Admission Program (ACAP). Dr. Chaudry discussed the role of echocardiography in identifying patients at risk for SCD. And Dr. Herzog spoke about the use of a novel clinical pathway – called ESCAPE – to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. The symposium also included a question and answer session.

According to Dr. Aziz, one of the key presentation highlights was the finding that only about 20 percent of all patients eligible for implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy receive it. The rest are lost to follow-up or are not referred for evaluation for this treatment. Various myths about sudden cardiac death were also discussed during the event.

Another SCD educational symposium is being planned for October, which is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

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