BETHEL — “Understanding Your Heart Rhythm: Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)” will be presented by Daniel E. van Buren, MD, board certified cardiologist, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Bethel Congregational Church.

Van Buren, a speaker for “To Your Health” for the past four years, returns during American Heart Month to further educate the community about heart disease.

His topic, atrial fibrillation, affects 33.5 million adults in the U.S. with 5 million new cases each year. “Most people who develop AFib are over 65 years of age,” said van Buren, “and it is more frequent in men than women and in whites than blacks.”

Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal rhythm of the heart in which the upper chambers of the heart do not work correctly because of abnormal electrical activity. It can lead to complications and serious heart conditions and increase a person’s risk of stroke.

Van Buren will explain how AFib is detected and evaluated and the two long-term treatment options. He will answer questions and will have handouts available.

Snow date is Feb. 11.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

FMI: 207-824-2053.

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