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West Florida Healthcare to Offer Free Seminar about Diagnosing and Treating Atrial Fibrillation

November 13, 2013

Dr. Marcelo Branco, MD

Pensacola, FL – On Thursday, November 21, West Florida Healthcare will offer a free community seminar entitled “Atrial Fibrillation:  Improving Your Quality of Life” from 6–7 p.m. in West Florida Hospital’s 7th Floor Auditorium, 8383 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola.  The featured speaker will be Marcelo Branco, M.D., interventional cardiologist/cardiac electrophysiologist with Northwest Florida Heart Group.

At this informative session, Dr. Branco will discuss the causes of atrial fibrillation, how it is diagnosed and the treatment options that are available. 

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that typically causes poor blood flow to the body.  Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death.  Nearly 3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages.  Atrial fibrillation patients use more healthcare services and have much higher healthcare costs than those without the disease.  Atrial fibrillation is characterized by heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.  

In conjunction with the physicians of Northwest Florida Heart Group, West Florida Healthcare recently became the only facility in our area to earn full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), one of only 15 hospitals across the nation and three in the state of Florida to have achieved this designation.

The seminar is free, but registration is requested.  To register, call (850) 494-3212.