Dr. Kirk Knowlton, the chief of the Division of Cardiology and the Edith and William M. Perlman Chair in Clinical Cardiology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine will give a free public lecture on infectious causes of heart failure at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
Although the death rate from coronary heart disease has declined considerably, the mortality from non-coronary heart disease, including heart failure, has not. Our understanding of the causal etiology of cardiomyopathy has not kept pace with that of coronary artery disease. In addition to genetic factors, environmental factors such as infection and inflammation from viral myocarditis can cause cardiomyopathy. Dr. Knowlton will discuss interactions between genetic and acquired cardiomyopathies and suggest that management of dilated cardiomyopathy can be improved by better understanding the causative mechanisms that can cause cardiomyopathy. He will specifically emphasize viral heart disease and alterations in the cytoskeleton and intercalated discs that can affect cardiac function and conduction.
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Café at 5:00 p.m.