A global cardiology conference held in Vancouver later this week will feature two University at Buffalo doctors speaking about improving
quality of care for atrial fibrillation and improving doctors' compliance with established medical industry guidelines.
Dr. Anne B. Curtis, an electrophysiologist at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will deliver the opening lecture Friday at the 22nd World Congress on Heart Disease. She will talk about improved care for atrial fibrillation and guidelines involving the condition, which puts some people at risk of stroke.
Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of UB's medical school and vice president of health sciences, will chair a session on cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. He also will present a speech on new electrocardiographic predictors of sudden cardiac death.
Curtis is president and chief executive officer of UBMD Internal Medicine. Her research has helped transform the evaluation and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and has advanced knowledge of human cardiac electrophysiology and heart-rhythm abnormalities.
"We have guidelines in many areas of medicine as to how to take care of patients, but a big problem is that they are often not used," she said in prepared remarks, noting that there have been some improved results at hospitals. "The challenge is getting doctors to use the guidelines."
The international cardiology conference, drawing heart experts from around the world, continues through Sunday.