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Friday, February 3, 2012

Atrial fibrillation topic of free lecture in Trumbull Feb. 28

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dr. M. Clive Robinson, and cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Murali Chiravuri, of Bridgeport Hospital's Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute will discuss the causes of and treatments for atrial fibrillation (a-fib) during the free lecture, "Heart All A-Flutter? Get Your Rhythm Back!" at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane, according to a statement.
Registration is required. Call toll free 1-888-357-2396.
"A-fib is the most common type of heart rhythm disorder, affecting two million Americans. People with a-fib have abnormal electrical signals in the heart's upper chambers that cause the heart to flutter, quiver or shake, rather than beat steadily," the statement said. "This irregular beating causes blood to pool in the heart's chambers, which can lead to the formation of blood clots. These clots can travel to the brain and trigger a stroke."
Further: "Symptoms of a-fib include chest palpitations, fatigue, dizziness and trouble breathing. However, half the people who have the condition are at risk and don't even know it because they experience no symptoms," the satement said. "The easiest way to detect a-fib is by taking your pulse." Bridgeport Hospital's Ring for Your Rhythm provides step-by-step instructions for taking a pulse via a recorded message available toll free at 1-855-BH-PULSE (1-855-247-8573).

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. It is largely unedited here.


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