Heart Clinic New Orleans Doctor Hosts Discussion to Commemorate Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

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West Jefferson Medical Center, one of the hospitals in New Orleans, is hosting an event to inform their patients about Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month.

West Jefferson Medical Center  - New Orleans Hospital

West Jefferson Medical Center - New Orleans Hospital

According to the American Stroke Association, AFib is a major risk factor for stroke and makes a person five times more likely to have a stroke.

September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, and West Jefferson Medical Center is a hospital in New Orleans hosting a free talk open to the public regarding the condition. The goal of the event will be to inform patients about the symptoms and treatments for this serious form of cardiac arrhythmia.

Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib, is a heart rhythm disorder that affects 2.7 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. The most common symptom is a rapid, quivering heartbeat, although some patients with the condition report no symptoms at all - making it all the more important for patients to have a risk assessment from their cardiologist. New Orleans board-certified electrophysiologist Dr. James McKinnie will lead the talk and those over 50 with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or high alcohol consumption are encouraged to attend.

“According to the American Stroke Association, AFib is a major risk factor for stroke and makes a person five times more likely to have a stroke,” states Christy Kareokowsky, Director of West Jefferson Cardiac Service Line. “The information presented during the September 23rd talk, could save your life or the life of your loved one.”                                             

Treatment options for AFib depend highly on the individual patient in question and his or her medical history. Preventive measures such as regular exercise and a heart-healthy diet are important, and many treatment programs encourage reducing risk factors by quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and restricting the intake of cholesterol. Anticoagulant and anxiety-management medication may also be prescribed as needed.

The talk will be held Monday, September 23 at 12:00 PM in the West Jefferson Care Transition Clinic Classroom, located at 4500 10th Street Marrero, LA 70072. To find out more about patient services or to schedule an appointment at West Jefferson's Cardiac and Vascular Services Department, patients may call 504-349-2260. More information and resources are also available on http://www.wjmc.org.

About West Jefferson Medical Center:
West Jefferson Medical Center is located at 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072, just 10 minutes from downtown New Orleans on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. It was established in 1956. National and state organizations have recognized the Medical Center for quality clinical care. It offers several specialized clinics and fitness centers.

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