Salah Al-Zaiti Honored with American Heart Association’s New Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Al-Zaiti was recently honored by the American Heart Association: the organization selected him as the recipient of the Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing and the Go Red for Women Campaign. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of young investigators in understanding, preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Al-Zaiti was nominated for this award for his work on “The Role of Heart Rate Variability in Predicting Sudden and Non-Sudden Cardiac Death in Ischemic Heart Disease.” The project explores how frequency analysis of heart rate variability can identify patients at greater risk of sudden cardiac arrest or cardiac non-sudden death. This identification may permit patients to be treated successfully with aggressive medical therapies.

Dr. Al-Zaiti joined the Pitt Nursing faculty in 2013; his research focuses on improving the clinical prognostication of patients with acute and chronic cardiac conditions using computerized electrocardiography (ECG) algorithms and advanced statistical procedures. He earned his PhD in Cardiovascular Nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012. More details about Dr. Al-Zaiti’s work