Students, faculty and the public will have the opportunity to learn how to “survive and thrive” through an upcoming cardiac arrest conference.
The conference, titled “Survive & Thrive: Start with the Heart” will be hosted at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center and Pioneer Place on Fifth. Visitors to the event can expect speakers, panels and performances centered around raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Performances will include a play, concerts, art displays and poetry readings. The event will also include scientific demonstrations and CPR instruction.
One of the many speakers will be Dr. Keith Lurie, M.D. and co-founder of Take Heart America, who is professor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota. Lurie has invented multiple technologies and has received numerous grant awards from the National Institute of Health and Defense Department.
Around 325,000 people in the U.S. die each year from SCA, which is “an abrupt loss of blood circulation due to the heart’s failure to properly contract,” according to the news release on the SCSU website.
Those organizing the event expect guests to comprise of academics, scientists, families, caregivers, survivors and medical personnel.
Many components of SCSU will be supporting the conference, including the Center for Continuing Studies, Herberger School of Business, College of Liberal Arts, School of Health and Human Services, School of the Arts and the College of Science and Engineering.
Conference tickets can be purchased for $125 by the general public and $25 by students. For more information, visit www.survivethrive.net.