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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 15, 2004

Children's Hospital Of Iowa To Host Heart Care Conference

Children from across the nation who have received advanced care for a serious heart disorder will attend a special meeting hosted by specialists at Children's Hospital of Iowa Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.

More than 80 patients, accompanied by heart care specialists, parents and families, will attend the "Young Hearts with ICDs Conference." The patients all have an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), advanced technology that can prevent sudden cardiac death. An ICD is implanted in the body with wire leads running from the ICD into the heart. The ICD can detect life-threatening disturbances in the heart's rhythm and deliver electrical energy to the heart to correct the problem.

The meeting is an opportunity for patients with ICDs to meet and talk openly and honestly with their peers. The event includes sessions for both teens and adults. Jean Gingerich and Amanda Allyn of Children's Hospital of Iowa are the conference's organizers. Participants are coming from as far as Nevada, and also include others from South Dakota, Nebraska and across the state of Iowa.

"This meeting is a wonderful opportunity for specialists, patients and families affected by heart disease to discuss their concerns, meet others with similar heart conditions, and extend their support networks," Gingerich said.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a nationally recognized pediatric center of excellence, providing comprehensive health care for children from birth to young adulthood. Its pediatric outreach and satellite clinics provide primary and specialty care every year for more than 130,000 children throughout Iowa. It is the state's longest serving children's hospital. As a "hospital within a hospital," Children's Hospital of Iowa benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics - consistently ranked as one of the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report magazine. For more information, call the Children's Hospital of Iowa toll free at 800-777-8442 or 319-384-8442 or visit its Web site at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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