Harvard Medical School heart rhythm specialist, Dr Leon Ptaszek, was recognized as an SVT Pioneer by international charity Arrhythmia Alliance earlier this year. He has now joined forces with the Arrhythmia Alliance to launch a lecture series – a first of its kind, virtual educational event entitled “Living with SVT”. Accessed completely virtually, it means that anyone from across the globe can receive the latest information on SVT from their home.
Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), is a rapid abnormal heart rhythm that affects approximately two million people in the United States. Symptoms can include: palpitations, chest pain, light headedness, and dizziness. Although such symptoms may raise concern and cause anxiety and depression, in general, the majority of SVTs are not life-threatening.
Launching on November 4, the first lecture will be chaired by Dr. Leon Ptaszek of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Followed on November 12 with Dr Benjamin Steinberg and colleagues from University of Utah Medical School, and Dr Jonathan Piccini and colleagues of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina will close the series on December 13. All three cardiac electrophysiologists have been recognised at SVT Pioneers with clinical interests on the management of patients with heart rhythm disorders including SVT. Earlier this year, these experts was recognized as Arrhythmia Alliance SVT Pioneers in a report produced by Arrhythmia Alliance which highlights best practice in SVT.
Speaking about the new SVT educational series, Founder & CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance, Trudie Lobban MBE, says: “We are pleased to be able to offer these important educational events for people living with SVT. This is an incredible opportunity to watch, listen, learn, and ask questions from the experts such as Dr Leon Ptaszek, Dr Ben Steinberg and Dr Jon Piccini about SVT causes, diagnosis, management, and treatment, and is a first of its kind for those impacted by SVT. By hosting these sessions virtually, it means anyone in the world can access FREE OF CHARGE from the comfort of their own home.”
Dr Ptaszek added: “It is an honor to be recognized by Arrhythmia Alliance as a Pioneer in SVT and a privilege to be part of their new “Living with SVT” series for patients. By offering educational events virtually, we can really expand our support to patients beyond our clinics and improve awareness and understanding of this condition.”
For more information and how to register for the free series, please visit: https://heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/us/living-with-svt-patient-education-series
For more information on A-A SVT Pioneers (click here to report)
Although access to the virtual event is complimentary, donations are welcomed here. Arrhythmia Alliance provides information, support, education and awareness for all those affected by SVT.
Arrhythmia Alliance is a collaboration of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and all those affected by or involved in the care of people with heart rhythm disorders including SVT, AF, syncope and sudden cardiac arrest.
A-A is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit & registered charity in the UK.
Dr. Leon Ptaszek of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Dr. Ptaszek received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and then completed fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Ptaszek is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and MGH.
His clinical interests focus on the management of patients with heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Ptaszek performs catheter ablations of supraventricular tachycardias (SVTs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).
Dr. Benjamin Steinberg of University of Utah Medical School
Dr. Steinberg is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Cornell University and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Steinberg completed internal medicine residency on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowships in cardiovascular disease, clinical research, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Duke University Hospital and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. At Duke, he also received a Master’s of Health Sciences in clinical research. Dr. Steinberg has authored or co-authored numerous books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles in leading journals. Colleagues joining Dr. Steinberg for this virtual event are Dr. Jared Bunch, Dr. Leenhapong Navaravong, Dr. Ravi Ranjan, and Dr. Christopher Groh all of University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Jonathan Piccini of Duke University Medical Center
Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is the Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology for the Duke University Health System. His focus is on the care of patients with arrhythmias. His research interests include the conduct of clinical trials and the assessment of innovative cardiovascular therapeutics for the care of patients with heart rhythm disorders. He is an associate editor for the American Heart Journal. Dr. Piccini has more than 425 publications in the field of heart rhythm medicine and has been the recipient of several teaching and mentorship awards. Colleagues to Join Dr. Piccini for this virtual event are Dr. Larry Jackson and Dr. Emily Zeitler.