CNE Cardiovascular Care hosts free atrial fibrillation forum

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Care New England Cardiovascular Care along with the Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England will offer its third annual educational forum, free to the community on Wednesday, May 24 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) affects more than two million people in the United States and is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

"We are very excited to provide this third annual educational forum to the many patients in our community who have atrial fibrillation," said Bruce A. Koplan, MD, MPH, director of the cardiac arrhythmia service for Care New England and a member of the Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England.

"Although atrial fibrillation is very common, there are a number of different treatment options that we can offer to patients with this condition to help them live a normal life. We will answer many questions patients may have about the symptoms of AFib and how to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle once diagnosed. We look forward to building on the tremendous success of our prior events."

Forum topics will include: Recognizing atrial fibrillation (AFib); What is atrial fibrillation?; Medications for rate and rhythm control; Lifestyle and nutrition for atrial fibrillation; Stroke risks & prevention; Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation and understanding pacemakers and Afib.

This educational forum for patients with AFib is being sponsored by Care New England and Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England. It is free and includes dinner. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest. For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Palmer at LPalmer

@KentRI.org or 737-7000 x31650.

Care New England cardiovascular services are made possible through a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. This program, staffed by Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England, provides convenient locations for its patients at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket; Women & Infants' 90 Plain Street facility in Providence and Kent Hospital in Warwick, while offering treatment for all but the most complex cardiac diagnoses locally.

The expansion of cardiovascular services at Care New England comes after a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital established a comprehensive program at Kent Hospital in 2009. Since then, it has grown to include many additional services including advanced cardiovascular imaging modalities such as cardiac CT, the advanced valvular heart disease service, and the advanced heart failure service with transplant consultation, along with Women's Heart Health of Women & Infants. These services are provided by board certified cardiologists and a team of Care New England nurses and clinical support staff. For a full listing of all cardiac services or more information on Care New England cardiovascular care, visit www.carenewengland.org/cardiology.

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