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January 15 2007 - ATRIAL FIBRILLATION SEMINAR



For Immediate Release

January 15, 2007
For More Information:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542

CENTER FOR ADVANCED SURGERY AND TECHNOLOGY TO SPONSOR ATRIAL FIBRILLIATION SEMINAR

TYLER, TX. - The Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology at Trinity Mother Frances Health System will sponsor a free seminar regarding innovative therapies for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. The seminar is scheduled for January 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Mother Frances Hospital's Wisenbaker Conference Center, located at 800 E. Dawson.

The 90-minute seminar will be presented by William F. Turner, Jr., MD, cardiovascular surgeon with Turner Cardiovascular Associates and co-medical director of the Center for Advanced Surgery and Technology at Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation is a disorder found in about 2.2 million Americans. During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two small upper chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively. Blood isn't pumped completely out of them, so it may pool and clot. If a piece of a blood clot in the atria leaves the heart and becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke results. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with atrial fibrillation. The likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation increases with age. Three to five percent of people over 65 have atrial fibrillation.

Light refreshments will be served at the seminar. For more information or to register for the event, please contact TeleCare Plus at 903-531-5678 or 800-535-9799.

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