Rochester, N.Y. (June 21, 2011) - Samuel Sears, Jr., Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on cardiac psychology, as it relates to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients, will speak on Thursday, June 23, from 9:00 - 10:30 am., in the Unity Hospital Education Center, 1555 Long Pond Road.
Cardiac psychology is a specialization of psychology that focuses on helping cardiac patients cope with life and physical changes associated with heart disease.
will discuss the significant psychological and behavioral aspects of the ICD patients' quality of life, patient acceptance of such devices, and how to deal with patients who have experienced receiving a shock from their ICD.
The talk is free and open to heath care professionals such as nurses, certified nurse assistants, nursing assistants, medics, physician assistants, and technicians, who care for patients with ICDs.
Dr. Sears is program director of the health psychology program, and part of the department of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University.
also provides services to cardiac and ICD patients at the Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinic.