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Release Date: 7/15/2013

July 15, 2013

Katie Coppens, Optum
1-505-262-7104 (Office)
1-505-239-5570 (Cell)



Cardiology Patient Support Group to Help Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Albuquerque, N.M. — Optum will host a cardiology support group on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gibson Auditorium, 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE, World-renowned psychologist Samuel Sears, Ph.D., will serve as guest speaker for the event, discussing how to live confidently with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Dr. Sears is a nationally recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of ICD patients and patients with advanced heart disease. He provides clinical services to cardiac and ICD patients in a fully integrated cardiac electrophysiology clinic at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Dr. Sears is among the most published authors in the world on ICD patient outcomes.

Optum Cardiologist Michelle Khoo, MD, will conduct the interactive patient educational meeting.

“Our quarterly seminars are a great interactive forum for our patients who benefit greatly from support they receive, especially from each other,” Dr. Khoo said. “Dr. Sears will also provide great insight as our guest speaker who has studied the emotional  and psychological effects of heart disease on patients. I encourage all patients, as well as the public, to attend.”

Lunch will be served after the support group session.

Space is limited.  Please RSVP by Monday, July 22 at 1-505-262-7280.

Optum operates two Cardiology locations throughout Albuquerque, including the Medical Towers and West Mesa Professional Center. For more information about services and procedures offered, visit


About Optum

Optum is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque, NM. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by 43 medical and surgical specialties with 19 locations throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Optum recently merged with Optum HealthCare Partners LLC, a nationally recognized leader for its pioneering work in coordinated care. For more information about Optum, please visit

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