Symposium Explores Critical Health Concern in Youth
Leading experts in cardiovascular medicine will discuss critical issues related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, at the first Alma College Health Symposium, sponsored by the Integrated Health Studies Institute.
Health care professionals and school administrators are invited to attend the symposium, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Dow Science Center.
“The symposium was created to bring together health care professionals from different areas to discuss a topic in an interdisciplinary fashion,” says Karen Ball, institute director. “Our speakers will provide the most current information on consensus guidelines for pre-participation screening and clinical management as well as emergency preparedness.
“Our hope is that those who attend the symposium will gain a better understanding of the clinical and legal issues associated with the screening of athletes and how to incorporate this understanding into their practice,” says Ball.
In addition, the symposium will help school personnel such as coaches, athletic directors and principals assess their institutions’ preparedness for immediate response in the face of a cardiac emergency.
Guest speakers include:
• Dr. R. John Solaro, director of the physiology and biophysics department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine;
• Dr. Barry Maron, director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation;
• Dr. Sharlene Day, director of the University of Michigan Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center; and
• Dr. Monica Gable, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan.
For registration information, visit the Web at: http://www.alma.edu/health-symposium.
Posted: Wed, October 24th, 2012 at 9:14AM