UH Celebrates National Heart Month in Westlake

Daniel Simon, MD, President, UH Case Medical Center and President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.

Daniel Simon, MD, President, UH Case Medical Center and President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.

The incredible new world of cardiac care was the focus of Heart Day, presented by University Hospitals St. John Medical Center and UH Elyria Medical Center at DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Westlake Holiday Inn) on Thurs., Feb. 18.

Keynote speaker was Daniel Simon, MD, President, UH Case Medical Center and President, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. He discussed Innovations in Cardiovascular Care, sharing information on leading edge treatments in cardiac care not even imaginable just a few years ago.

“Delivering on our mission – To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. – inspires our ongoing commitment to advance clinical research and new treatment protocols. While advances in cardiovascular medicine mean we can save more lives today than ever before, we continue to dig deeper to further maximize our achievements,” said Dr. Simon.

Charlotte Wray, President, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Charlotte Wray, President, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Incredible strategies like the innovative Parachute™ Ventricular Partitioning Device to assist congestive heart failure patients, the novel Impella® pump to help those with complex ventricular tachycardia, and thrombolysis therapy via anticoagulant medications were among his topics. Lastly, a look at drug-eluting metal stent to address severe aortic stenosis without major surgery was reviewed.

“It is the constant drive for cutting-edge, innovative therapies that will continue leading us to better outcomes for the patients we serve. Indeed, innovation is at the core of our mission,” said Dr. Simon, who was named president of University Hospitals Case Medical Center on Jan.1. Dr. Simon is a Harvard-trained, nationally renowned leader in the field of cardiology. His dynamic leadership qualities and collegial style have enhanced the prominence of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, where he has served as Director since 2006 and as President since 2014.

Other presentations included “Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease” by Atul R. Hulyalkar, MD, (who reminded guests that heart disease – not breast cancer – is the leading cause of death in women). Atrial Fibrillation by Kara Quad, MD, and Mitral Valve Repair by Yurily Zhukov, MD.

In the U.S., heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. It is more and more important that Americans raise their awareness about heart disease and increase their knowledge about prevention practices.

By educating yourself on the dangers of heart disease, you can get on track to better heart health in your future.

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