Sudden Cardiac Arrest: From Awareness to Prevention
Venue: Hilton San Diego Resort
|Event Date/Time: Apr 13, 2013 / 7:15 am - (PST)||End Date/Time: Apr 14, 2013 / 12:30 pm - (PST)|
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart abruptly and unexpectedly stops functioning. Although SCA is a serious public health crisis, many are not well informed on the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest. Heart rhythm problems that result in SCA are related to the electrical impulses and muscle strength of the heart and can attack anyone of almost any age. Without emergency assistance, SCA can lead to death in a matter of minutes. In fact, it is estimated that sudden cardiac arrest kills one person every two minutes, making it a leading cause of death in the United States. Despite best practice efforts, it is estimated that only 20-30% of those that have indication or are at risk for SCA are receiving treatment to prevent it.
Scripps Clinic’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest conference will focus on the causes of SCA as well as current and future risk stratification for predicting SCA in patients. A review of genetic predispositions and therapies available to protect those at risk for SCA will also be discussed. After completing this program, participants will return to practice with information to identify those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and methods for developing effective treatment or referral plans for patients in need of live saving therapies.