Charging Into Change

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A Chamberlain DNP alumnus is leading the charge in early detection of abnormal heart rhythms.

Dr. Thomas J. Salomone has been driving thought leadership in the field of cardiology—particularly in the area of early detection of abnormal heart rhythms—ever since his studies in Chamberlain University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. While he was a doctoral candidate, Dr. Salomone—along with Joseph Wiesel, MD—led a pilot trial that was able to detect new cases of asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AF) in long-term residents 65 years and older at a skilled nursing facility using an automatic blood pressure monitor at a higher rate than previous methodologies.

This research showed an ability to more accurately detect AF in elderly residents of skilled nursing facilities, which can then provide an opportunity to begin treatment that may reduce their risk for stroke. Additionally, since the screening can be automated through the automatic blood pressure monitor, results can be made available for employees of skilled nursing facilities for assessment purposes without additional labor requirements for the staff. Dr. Salomone and Dr. Wiesel’s work has been published in The American Journal of Cardiology (ajconline.org) and Caring for the Ages (caringfortheages.com). 

Dr. Salomone’s interest in AF began when a relative was diagnosed with the condition many years ago. He is currently exploring a follow-up AF study based on related master’s degree program work. Long before his time with Chamberlain, he was a New York state EMT and licensed CPA. When he decided to make a shift in careers and was seeking a DNP degree program, he became interested in Chamberlain based on the strong recommendations of former graduates. Now his experience with the school has come full circle with him serving as a visiting professor in Chamberlain's DNP degree program.

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