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Advances in Heart Care and Healthcare Reform The Focus of AGH Event Featuring U.S. Congressmen

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and Allegheny General Hospital today announced an upcoming educational event that will highlight the latest advances in cardiovascular disease care and health reform’s potential effect on patient care. The “Know What Counts” program will feature a panel including U.S. Congressmen Jason Altmire (PA-04) and Tim Murphy (PA-18) and will be held Monday, November 2, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Magovern Conference Center at Allegheny General Hospital.

Those interested in more information or in attending the free event may register at www.SCAI.org/KWC. Coffee and light breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 am.

An estimated 80 million people in the U.S. had one or more forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in 2006. In addition, CVD was the cause of more than 35 percent of all U.S. deaths in 2005. In Pennsylvania, CVD has a devastating impact on the health of patients and families, the health care system and the state economy. As the leading cause of death in the state, CVD accounted for 46,686 (28.5 percent) of total deaths in Pennsylvania in 2004. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Statistics and Research estimates the state’s CVD health care costs and CVD-related lost productivity costs amounted to over $15.7 billion in 2005.

“This event will allow us to create a more dynamic dialogue about the latest cutting-edge technology in cardiovascular patient care and how the future of care might be affected by health reform,” said Tony G. Farah, MD, FSCAI, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Farah added, “Both the public and health care providers will hear from those who influence patient care and from heart disease patients themselves about their first-hand experiences with the health care system.”

Dr. Farah will lead a presentation at the event titled, “Health Care Today: Innovation and Cost at a Crossroads”. Other event participants will include:
• Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC, Chair, Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Feldman has provided commentary in the health care reform debate in major national news outlets.
• Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalist Mark Roth
• Pittsburgh Tribune Review journalist Luis Fabregas
• Heart disease patients who will share their stories of survival

About SCAI’s ‘Know What Counts’ Events
‘Know What Counts’ is a regional series designed by SCAI specifically to provide patients and health care providers with up-to-date education on the latest advances in the treatment of patients with CVD and overall best patient care. The programs provide an engaging environment in which attendees can interact and discuss topics related to the care of patients with CVD.

SCAI has undertaken this education initiative with its own resources as well as commercial funding and support from Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cordis Corporation, and Medtronic CardioVascular.

About SCAI
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in more than 60 nations. SCAI’s mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI’s annual meeting has become the leading venue for education, discussion, and debate about the latest developments in this dynamic medical specialty. SCAI’s patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit www.scai.org or www.seconds-count.org.

About AGH
Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) is a 720-bed academic medical center serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area. Along with its Suburban Campus, the hospital annually admits more than 29,000 patients, and nearly 800 physicians and 6,000 employees share AGH’s commitment to excellence in patient care, medical education and research. Allegheny General Hospital is a member of West Penn Allegheny Health System, a physician-led organization committed to improving the health of the people living in the Western Pennsylvania region. AGH is also a Western Pennsylvania campus for the Philadelphia-based Drexel University College of Medicine; third- and fourth-year medical students receive clinical training at the hospital.

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