Society of Chest Pain Centers Launches the First Hospital Certification for Atrial Fibrillation

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The Society of Chest Pain Centers announced they will launch the first certification ever offered to hospitals seeking to improve the care of the atrial fibrillation patient at their 14th Congress to be held at the InterContinental Miami Hotel in Miami, FL, May 2-5, 2011.

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"Atrial fibrillation accounts for up to 20% of strokes in the U.S., a statistic that increases as the public ages," states Kay Styer Holmes, Director of Accreditation Services.

Atrial fibrillation is a common abnormal heart rhythm that, for many patients, can result in both congestive heart failure and an increased chance of a stroke - up to seven (7) times that of the general populace.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers, the recognized champion in helping health care professionals and facilities achieve excellence in their care of the acute coronary syndrome and heart failure patient; felt they must again take the lead in tackling yet another cardiac disease. “Atrial fibrillation accounts for up to 20% of strokes in the U.S., a statistic that increases as the public ages,” states Kay Styer Holmes, Director of Accreditation Services at the Society of Chest Pain Centers. “Offering a certification that is based upon best practices and has been compiled by experts in this field, will help health care professionals improve their care of this group of patients.”

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is a nonprofit international organization that provides accreditation, education and certification to hospitals and health care providers seeking excellence in their treatment of the cardiac patient. SCPC has accredited hospitals in the U.S., Europe and Middle East and conducts workshops and open forums throughout the year. Every year, SCPC holds their annual Congress, an educational conference which attracts attendees from all over the world who share an interest in learning about the latest research, treatment modalities and best practices pertaining to the cardiac patient.

For information about the Society of Chest Pain Centers, visit the website at http://www.scpcp.org/ or call 614-442-5950 or 1-877-271-4176 (toll free).

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