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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Topic of UPMC ‘Alive and Well’ Presentation

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13, 2010 – More than 600,000 Americans are living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), yet only 20 percent know that they have it. HCM, a genetic condition in which the heart muscle is abnormally thick without apparent cause, will be the topic of the UPMC “Alive and Well” presentation “Living with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy."

This free program is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Pay parking is available adjacent to the hotel.

The following experts will provide insights into the diagnosis and management of HCM during this educational program:

  • Ferhaan Ahmad, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and human genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, UPMC Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
  • Tim Wong, M.D., instructor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and co-director, UPMC Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
  • Erik Schelbert, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, UPMC Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center
  • Lawrence Wei, M.D., associate professor of surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Oscar Marroquin, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, Center for Interventional Cardiology Research at UPMC
  • Brian Feingold, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Steve Ommen, M.D., professor of medicine and director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Joan Zhang, C.R.N.P., M.S.N., clinical project director, UPMC Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

A light lunch will be provided. Call 1-800-533-UPMC (8762) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to make a reservation for this program.

More information about the UPMC Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center is available online.

“Alive and Well” is a series of free health education presentations offered at various locations in the Pittsburgh area. The programs are presented by UPMC physicians and specialists to the general public.

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