New cardiology patient group meets Nov. 4 at hospital


Kent Hospital has announced the creation of a cardiology patient support group that will focus on individuals with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The support group is open to all patients with ICDs in Rhode Island and their families. The group will meet Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Doctor’s Auditorium. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. Advanced registration is encouraged.

Bruce A. Koplan, MD, MPH, FACC, director of cardiac arrhythmia service at Kent Hospital and a member of Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Kent, will lead the meeting. The purpose of Kent’s new cardiology patient support group is to educate patients with ICDs and their family members on coping with these devices. Topics to be discussed include: Living with your device, managing your health, what to expect from your device, maintaining a dialogue with your health care providers, exercise and more.

This is an opportunity for patients with ICDs, and family members to ask Kent’s professionals questions and to meet other patients and share their experiences. This support group will be held twice a year.

For more information or to register, contact: Sue Bartos at or 737-7000, ext. 31650.

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