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Free Educational Event for Heart Patients to be Held March 20 at Newton Marriott

“The Beat Goes On” to Focus on Living with Atrial Fibrillation

A free patient education event on atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart beat, will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) affects 2.2 million Americans, 5 percent of people over age 65. Local residents living with AF or their family members are invited to attend the event put on by the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in partnership with the American Heart Association and hosted by Heather Kahn, former news anchor at WCVB-TV.

"The Beat Goes On: Living with Atrial Fibrillation" will include lectures on atrial fibrillation, medical management of the condition, surgical and non-surgical treatment options, Coumadin do's and don't's, and related topics. Ms. Kahn will also lead a question-and-answer session.

Though not in itself life-threatening, atrial fibrillation can cause clots and lead to stroke. There are a number of effective treatments.

Expert speakers include BIDMC's CardioVascular Institute, Dr. Mark E. Josephson, who has been called "the father of electrophysiology." He is also Herman Dana professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiovascular medicine at the CardioVascular Institute. Other speakers are Jean Donovan, NP, who specializes in arrhythmias; cardiac surgeon Dr. Robert C. Hagberg; cardiologist Dr. Joseph P. Kannam, and Chief of cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham; and electrophysiologist Dr. Peter J. Zimetbaum.

The free event includes a continental breakfast and box lunch. Seats are limited and registration is required. Please register by March 12 by calling the American Heart Association at 508-935-3903 or email

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