It can happen to anyone at any age: Community event raises awareness about sudden cardiac arrest

The no-cost event will feature a panel of pediatric and adult cardiologists discussing preventive heart care and how to spot the warning signs of heart failure.

Jacksonville, FL

All Northeast Florida community members are invited to The Sisisky-Kleppinger Annual Endowed Lecture for Women’s Health on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 5:30 – 8 pm. Baptist Heart Specialists and Wolfson Children’s Hospital cardiologists are coming together in an expert panel to discuss preventive heart care, signs of heart failure and how to prevent sudden cardiac death.

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical malfunction in the heart causes the heart to stop beating and pumping blood. During sudden cardiac arrest, blood does not travel to the brain, lungs and other organs, causing a person to lose consciousness. As the name suggests, sudden cardiac arrest often happens suddenly. Knowing what to do in the critical moments after an individual collapses can save their life.

To provide education about the warning signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest, as well as guidelines for what to do to save someone’s life, expert panelists will lead a discussion and answer audience questions. The discussion will be moderated by CC Brooks, DNP-ENL, MSN, vice president of Patient Care Services at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and panelists include:

  • Judy Ashouri, MD, pediatric electrophysiologist at Wolfson Children’s Terry Heart Institute
  • Geetanjali Dang, MD, FACC, MS, cardiologist at Baptist Heart Specialists
  • Matthew McKillop, MD, electrophysiologist and medical director of the Electrophysiology Program at Baptist Heart Specialists
  • Khushboo Parikh, MD, pediatric cardiologist at Wolfson Children’s Terry Heart Institute
  • Siddharth Wayangankar, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Peripheral Vascular Program at Baptist Heart Specialists

The event will take place at WJCT Studios (100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32202).

  • 5:30 – 6 pm: Reception
  • 6 – 6:30 pm: Welcome & Panelist Introductions
  • 6:30 – 8 pm: Panel Discussion & Audience Questions

The event is no cost for attendees. Attendees are asked to pre-register at