LEWISTON — “Afib: That Pitter-Patter In Your Chest May Not Be Love" will be the subject of a presentation by cardiologist David Abisalih from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Chairmen’s Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building, on the Central Maine Medical Center campus.
Abisalih will discuss atrial fibrillation, frequently called “afib,” an irregular heart rate that often causes poor blood flow. Afib symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness. Afib usually isn't life-threatening, but can lead to complications, particularly stroke. Those who experience afib have a seven times higher chance of suffering a stroke.
He will talk about the symptoms of afib, how it is diagnosed and treatment options, which include medications and other interventions that alter the function of the heart's electrical system.
The program is being offered as part of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute’s observation of Heart Month.
Abisalih is certified by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners in cardiac pacing and defibrillation, a Heart Rhythm Society requirement for physicians who implant automatic cardiac defibrillators.
For more information, call 795-8448. There is no cost for participation.