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Lewis Ginter talks to emphasize heart, health and how to’s during February series

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By Leha Byrd
University Public Affairs
804-828-7028

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

VCU Health will continue its series of educational seminars on current health care topics throughout February. The following seminars are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Kelly Education Center, 1800 E. Lakeside Ave. All seminars are open to the public and free, though registration is suggested. Register online at vcuhealth.org/events or call (804) 628-0041 for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 9
An Affair of the Heart: Understanding Women’s Heart Disease.”

A woman’s heart is somewhat smaller than a man’s. Its physiology is different too, especially regarding heart disease,” says Join Phoebe Ashley, M.D., VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, who will talk about the anatomy of a woman’s heart and how risk factors and symptoms of heart disease are subtle and very different for women.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
“Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation”

Despite the fact that atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, is the most common heart rhythm disorder, it remains complicated to treat. VCU Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the country to use hybrid ablation — a method that combines a surgical procedure and catheter ablation to treat a-fib. Join Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., and Vigneshwar Kasirajan, M.D., from VCU Heart Pauley Center, to learn about occlusion of coronary arteries, as well as what symptoms to look for and what surgical and nonsurgical treatment options are available.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
“Heart Valve Disease: How It Presents and What To Do About It.”

Valves are flaps that open and close to allow blood to flow between the different chambers of the heart and out to the body. Sometimes, the valves can become narrowed or leaky, which results in pressure or volume overload and eventually causes symptoms. Join Barbara Lawson, M.D., and Jose Exaire, M.D., from VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, to learn about occlusion of coronary arteries, what symptoms to look for and what surgical and nonsurgical treatment options are available.