Mayo cardiologists to present on sudden death syndrome

Cardiologists from the Mayo Clinic will conduct a symposium on sudden death syndrome in athletes Tuesday, April 6, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Olaf College, Regents Hall 150. Check-in and refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m.

Steve R. Ommen, MD, and Michael J. Ackerman, MD, cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic, will share the podium. Their program, titled: “Sports & Cardiology: When to Worry About the Athlete’s Heart” will focus on different aspects of sudden death syndrome. The symposium is designed for healthcare providers, coaches, trainers and the general public. Continuing education credits will be available.

Dr. Ommen will present on “Sports, Sudden Death and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.” He will explore common cardiac risks to young athletes, how to distinguish physiological adaptation from pathologic thickening of the heart muscle, and screening recommendations.

The title of Dr. Ackerman’s talk is “Distinguishing the Vanilla Faint from the Sudden Death Warning Signs.” He will cover identification of the key cardiac disease that underlies lethal faints, how to distinguish an ordinary faint from a potentially lethal faint and how to prevent the preventable sudden deaths that occur in young athletes.

The event is co-sponsored by Mayo Clinic, St. Olaf College Departments of Biomedical Studies and Exercise Science and Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

“This is truly an extraordinary opportunity to have these distinguished cardiologists from Mayo Clinic sharing the latest information on this important topic,” said Mary Quinn Crow, vice president and chief operating officer at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “We invite anyone who is interested in this topic to join us.”