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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2011
Contact: Leanna Cherry

Publications Specialist

(516) 663-2234

lcherry@winthrop.org


WINTHROP TO HOST PATIENT-FOCUSED HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY CONFERENCE

Mineola, NY – Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause of heart-related sudden death in people under 30 years of age. It is a genetic heart condition that often appears without an obvious family history, and may present suddenly in previously healthy people of any age. Yet, for every patient diagnosed at a young age, many more are diagnosed later in life and suffer from chronic, debilitating symptoms.

Patients of all ages have an outstanding resource for screening, diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center.

“As the first and only HCM Center on Long Island, and one of only two in the region, Winthrop’s HCM Center has grown tremendously over the past four years. With roughly 200 individuals with HCM seeking care at Winthrop, our services have expanded to make our Center one of the most comprehensive, patient-friendly, and nationally-recognized programs in the United States,” said Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director of Winthrop’s HCM Center.

Dr. Naidu is an internationally renowned expert on the diagnosis and treatment of HCM – one of only a few nationwide who can perform the latest treatment options, including alcohol septal ablation. Dr. Naidu is also a member of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association’s Guideline Writing Committee for the Diagnosis and Management of HCM. The guidelines, due out in June 2011, will assist healthcare providers nationwide in clinical decision making for the diagnosis and management of the disease.

In keeping with its mission to educate patients, their families and the public about HCM, Winthrop-University Hospital, in conjunction with the national Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA) will host the area’s Second Regional Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Conference on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. A question and answer period will follow the series of lectures; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Speakers and Topics Include:
Lisa Salsberg, Founder and CEO, HCM Association
“The Wider HCM Community and the National Agenda”

Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director, HCM Center, Winthrop-University Hospital
“The Basics of HCM: Diagnosis and Treatment, A Case-Based Approach”


Joseph Germano, MD, Director, Atrial Fibrillation, Winthrop-University Hospital
“Arrhythmias: Why Do We Care?”


Srihari S. Naidu, MD, Director, HCM Center, Winthrop-University Hospital and Lisa Salsberg, Founder and CEO, HCM Association
“Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young: Screening versus Awareness”

Winthrop’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center is a designated Center of Excellence by the national Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. The Center’s multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, internal medicine specialists, electrophysiologists, surgeons and pediatric cardiologists provide comprehensive, expert care for HCM patients including the latest options in minimally invasive treatment.

For additional information about Winthrop’s Second Regional Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Conference or to register, contact Nicole Mazzola, HCM Center Coordinator, at (516) 663-9696 or e-mail: nmazzola@winthrop.org.

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