Thursday, February 12, 2009D.P. Culp University Center, East Tennessee RoomOn Thursday, February 12, 2009, Phyllis Eldridge, R.N., N.A.S.P.E., clinical specialist with Medtronic, Inc., is guest speaker for “Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” Location for the Eldridge seminar is the East Tennessee Room, D.P. Culp University Center, at noon.
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a sudden, unexpected death caused by loss of heart function (sudden cardiac arrest). It is the largest cause of natural death in the U.S., causing about 325,000 adult deaths in the United States each year. SCD is responsible for half of all heart disease deaths. Eldridge will discuss how sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack, along with the symptoms, causes, and risk factors associated with sudden cardiac arrest. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) are prescribed for people whose risk factors put them at great risk for sudden cardiac death; Eldridge will discuss the ICD at length and provide an overview of ICD technology for the consumer. Even if you are not at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, oftentimes many of us are caring for a family member or loved one with an ICD implant and don’t know what to expect along the way; this Women’s Health Series seminar will help address many of those concerns.
For more information on the Eldridge seminar, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-7847.