Fighting Heart Disease in Southwest Kansas

Fighting Heart Disease in Southwest Kansas

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St. Catherine Hospital and Kansas Heart Hospital co-sponsored the Fourth Annual St. Catherine Cardiovascular Symposium held at St. Catherine Hospital on Saturday, May 4th, 2013, in conjunction with the University of Kansas, Southwest Kansas educational division. Scott Taylor, CEO of Centura Kansas and CEO and President of St. Catherine Hospital, welcomed the attendees from Garden City and southwest Kansas. St. Catherine Hospital hosted the symposium at its conference center.

Dr. Brett Grizzell

Dr. Brett Grizzell

Greg Duick, MD, President and Chairman of Kansas Heart Hospital, moderated the day-long symposium. Symposium presenters included Brett Grizzell, MD, heart surgeon and a partner of Wichita Surgical Specialists, P.A., who spoke about cardiac surgery in 2013 including updates concerning the percutaneous aortic valve replacement procedure for elderly patients with narrowing of their aortic valves. He also highlighted the need for community awareness of lung cancer and the need for quick and effective evaluation of lung nodules and lung masses. Dr. Grizzell mentioned that “early detection and surgical treatment of lung masses provides the best chance of long term patient survival.”

Dr. Dhaval Parikh

Dr. Dhaval Parikh

Dhaval Parikh, MD, electrophysiologist with Cardiovascular Consultants of Kansas in Wichita, spoke about atrial fibrillation and its current treatment. “Atrial fibrillation is a disorganized rhythm of the heart and it’s becoming more and more common,” said Dr. Parikh. Fortunately, treatment options are “keeping pace and have improved over the past three years.” John Ferrell, MD, St. Catherine Hospital cardiologist, updated current guidelines for the treatment of acute heart attacks. Lastly, an EMS presentation was provided emphasizing the need for early response, transport and transfer of acute heart attack victims to appropriate centers of cardiac excellence.

Dr. Duick, on behalf of the planning committee, thanked everybody for their assistance in this year’s program. “We are truly looking forward to our program next year,” he added.