The Takotsubo webinars have been planned to foster engagement between people with Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS) and health care professionals with particular expertise in TTS. Sharing knowledge and having meaningful discussion empowers people with TTS to have better control and outcomes for their health, and it informs health professionals about issues that are important to people with TTS to promote better delivery of care. The webinars are limited to 50 participants, but they will be recorded and available on this webpage. Questions are invited in advance. Please scroll down and fill in the form to register for attendance.
Session 1 – Tuesday 24th August 10am British Summer Time (BST)/ 6:30pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)/USA EST 5am/USA (PDT) 2am
What do we need to know about TTS? (Caron Curragh/Dr. Angela Kucia)
Angela and I thought that it would be good in the first instance to do a session to properly introduce ourselves, (as we have only met less than 100 of our members in the Support Group face to face!) and to share what we do in the world of Takotsubo and all things heart. The session will be an excellent opportunity to air what your concerns are and to ask some of the questions that you would like answers on. We will invite questions in advance of the session and will endeavour to provide answers where possible and to invite discussion from participants. You don’t have to be registered as a participant in the session to send a question in.
Session 2 – Monday 13th September 9am EST , 2pm BST
Understanding the possible complex interplay between TTS and coronary heart disease (Dr. Robert Allan)
There are some things we can’t change but many that we can. Distinct strategies which we can use for reducing risk & improving outcomes will be discussed. This session will be presented by Dr. Robert Allan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine at the prestigious Weill Cornell Medical College. Robert is one of a very rare breed of clinical Cardiac Psychologists, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist and is based in New York. He works closely alongside cardiologists and his skills include heart failure (with a special interest in TTS), cardiovascular medicine, clinical cardiology, cardiac psychology, MI and Cardiovascular Disease. For over 40 years, he has been researching and looking at the heart-brain connection (well ahead of the time!) and is co-author of the book “Heart & Mind, The Practice of Cardiac Psychology”. He also has had several research papers published. Robert set up the very first stress reduction support group for cardiac patients in the NY metropolitan area in 1982 and conducted the first stress reduction program for officers and their wives at West Point. Robert has won several awards and is also a very talented musician. To learn more about Robert & his work please visit http://www.robertallanphd.com.
Session 3 -Monday 27th September 16:30 ACST / 08:00 BST
What is known and unknown about Takotsubo (Professor John Horowitz)
This session will be presented by Professor John Horowitz, who is a cardiologist and one of the pioneers of research in Takotsubo. John was the Director of Cardiology at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) for over 30 years and is an Emeritus Professor at The University of Adelaide. He continues to lead the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Research Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute (TQEH). John has over 400 papers published in prestigious journals and has also written many conference papers and continues to provide ground-breaking work on TTS. Over the years, John has trained many young cardiologists and cardiac nurses, some of whom have gone on to become prominent researchers themselves. He has supervised numerous PhD students to completion (25 through the University of Adelaide alone). To see more about John’s contribution to cardiology, visit https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/john.horowitz