HRS/SCAA CME Symposium: Advancements in Sudden Cardiac Arrest


CME: 5.50; CE: 5.50


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Activity Description:

The SCAA’s 2011 Annual Meeting featured a full day dedicated to continuing medical education on Friday, September 23. Navigating a National Approach to SCA Survival featured sessions on the recent advances in preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and treating SCA patients, the pros and cons of athlete pre-participation evaluations, genetic testing and identification of patient psychosocial issues and ways to improve patient outcomes.

The SCAA Annual Meeting also offered a weekend full of sessions for SCA survivors, medical health professionals, community advocates and SCAA volunteers.


Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Chicago, IL USA

Course Directors/Faculty:

Vincent Mosesso, MD
David Wilber, MD, FHRS
Bradley Knight, MD, FHRS
N.A. Mark Estes, MD, FHRS

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the most important aspects of the acute management of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
  • Understand and apply the new CPR guidelines
  • Describe the rationale behind the use of hypothermia early after resuscitation from sudden cardiac arrest
  • Describe current best practices for identifying patients at risk for sudden death, including diagnostic tests and imaging technologies
  • Understand the use of genetic testing to detect inherited arrhythmia syndromes and other genetic diseases
  • Identify the basics of ICD function, and common issues and problems in the management of patients with ICDs
  • Describe and empower HCPs on the difficult End of Life discussions with patients with ICDs
  • Identify promising therapies and approaches for the future treatment of SCA
  • Evaluate the role of pharmacologic therapy in the management of patients with SCA as well as risk factors, including cardiovascular disease and post-myocardial infarction care
  • Identify how to work with patients and family members to address concerns and anxieties
  • Recognize the importance of community preparedness and the role of immediate bystander action
  • Expand the HCP understanding of psycho-social concerns that impact the overall outcomes in survivors and their family

Target Audience:

General and Interventional cardiologists
Cardiac electrophysiologists
Primary Care physicians
Emergency medical technicians and other first responders
Emergency Physicians
Allied Professionals

Accreditation Statement:

The Heart Rhythm Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Statement:

It is the policy of the Heart Rhythm Society to ensure balance, independent objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its certified educational programs. Everyone involved in the planning and participation of continuing medical education activities are required to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations. In accordance with the ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, all faculty and planning partners must disclose any financial relationship(s) or other relationship(s) held within the past 12 months. The Heart Rhythm Society implements a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to delivering the educational activity to learners. Detailed disclosure information will be disclosed prior to the activity and in the activity slides.


The Navigating a National Approach to SCA Survival provides a forum for the open exchange and discussion of research results and scientific advancements in the field of cardiovascular pacing and electrophysiology; however, the Society makes no representation or warranty as to the truth, originality, or accuracy of the information presented at the Navigating a National Approach to SCA Survival or in materials distributed in connection with them. Nor are the views expressed by the individual speakers necessarily the views of the Society. The Heart Rhythm Society supports the ACCME's policy on evidence-based content and encourages faculty to adhere to these standards when planning a presentation.

Contact Information:

Greaton Sellers
Tel: 202-464-3400

CME/CE Certificate Language:

The Heart Rhythm Society is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned code 7M7R3X-PRV-09-7M7R3X-PRV-09-27.

A maximum of 6.5 credit hours are available for this educational activity.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.