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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Nabil El Sanadi, MD, Key Presenter at American Heart Association’s 2011 Scientific Sessions

Nabil El Sanadi, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Broward Health, was a key presenter at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions conference held April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.

El Sanadi presented on Prehospital Use of Cincinnati Stroke Scale (CSS) and Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Elite Specialty Paramedic/Firefighter Teams. CSS is used to diagnose the presence of a stroke in a patient. It tests three signs (facial droop, arm drift, speech) for abnormal findings which may indicate that the patient is having a stroke. If any one of the three tests shows abnormal findings, the patient may be having a stroke and should be transported to a hospital as soon as possible. Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. All members from the specialty teams of a large fire department (686 paramedics) were examined over a one-year period to make sure they were functioning at optimal health with no risk factors.

“It was an honor and a privilege to present at the 2011 Scientific Sessions,” said El Sanadi. “The conference was an excellent educational and academic experience and a great opportunity to network with skilled professionals who are dedicated to building healthier lives.”

Scientific Sessions is the AHA’s largest gathering of scientists and healthcare professionals devoted to the science of cardiovascular disease and stroke and the care of patients suffering from these diseases. The conference provides unique opportunities for attendees to meet with colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging research interests and expertise on the topics of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology. The goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of current information about new and emerging scientific research on these topics.

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