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The psychology of cardiology has gained in its value and importance in clinical practice. Cardiac patients survive a host of adversities in today’s practice. As patients live longer, they also have to cope with the stress and psychological effects of disease management longer. For example, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), are lifesaving devices for patients with ventricular arrhythmia who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. ICDs are programmed to recognize a life-threatening arrhythmia and deliver a shock that corrects the arrhythmia before it can stop the heart.

Studies have shown that patients live with fear and anxiety that either the device may not work when needed, or resulting from the realization that by the very nature of the device, they have survived a life-threatening event.This educational program highlights state-of-the-art of research on psychological and emotional wellbeing in cardiac patients. In addition to Dr. Sears presentation, a local patient will present his/her experience in managing cardiac disease in a brief format. Emphasis will be cardiac electrophysiology but other areas of cardiac care will be covered as well.

Following this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify most common psychological concerns for cardiac patients
  2. Recognize both affective and behavioral impacts of distress in the recovery process
  3. Distinguish cardiac anxiety vs. general anxiety and differential management strategies


Monday, April 6, 2020
6:00 PM Reception
6:45 PM Program and Dinner

1701 Locust Steakhouse
Formerly: The Prime Rib Restaurant
1701 Locust Street
The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

Parking Details

Cost: Free

You MUST Register Online to attend.
Limited Seating is Available.

Your request for seating is considered tentative until you receive a confirmation email directly from CVI staff.

As this is a free program with limited seating available, we ask that you please let us know ASAP if you will need to cancel, so that we may make the seat available to others on the waiting list.


Samuel F. Sears, Jr., PhD
Samuel F. Sears, Jr., PhDEast Carolina University

If you need parking, please consider the following options:

  • Warwick hotel: Valet entrance is in front of the hotel (17th St. entrance) $20 with stamp from the restaurant formerly know as the Prime Rib. Parking over 3+ hours is $52.
  • Penn Warwick Garage: Entrance on Chancellor St. off of 17th Street – $20 for 3 hours, $26 for 3+ hours.
  • Parkway Art Alliance Lot: Located on a small side street, Rittenhouse Square St. between 17th &18th streets, $27.
  • Latimer Garage: 1510 Latimer Street: $12 cash-only.

Please note that these quotes were provided to us by the lots and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.