Free community educational program on arrhythmia set for Nov. 4

At different moments -- excitement, shock, or surprise -- one may feel his heartbeat slow down, speed up, or skip a beat. Any change in the normal rhythmic pattern of the heartbeat is referred to as an arrhythmia. These irregularities may be harmful or life-threatening, depending on the frequency and length.

Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common types of arrhythmias. The American Heart Association estimates that more than 2 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) quiver or beat too fast.

Electrophysiology experts at Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute invite community members to a free, educational program to learn more about atrial fibrillation. “Are You in Rhythm?” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the University Conference Center, on the campus of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

During the program, the experts will describe the symptoms, prevention, consequences and treatment of atrial fibrillation. Participating in the program will be Mario Gonzalez, program director, electrophysiology; Javier Banchs; Erica Penny-Peterson; Soraya Samii; Deborah Wolbrette; and Barb Bentz.

This program is free and open to anyone in the community interested in learning more about atrial fibrillation. For more information and to register, call the CareLine at 800-243-1455.

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Last Updated October 21, 2010