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VCU Health Promotes Heart Health with Lewis Ginter Seminar Series

By Carissa Etters/University Public Affairs

February is National Heart Month, and Virginia Commonwealth University Health presents its free educational seminar series throughout the month featuring experts that will provide important heart health information and answer questions on a variety of current topics in health care.

The following seminars will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Kelly Education Center, 1800 Lakeside Ave. All seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. For more information or to register, call 804-828-0123 or visit
Thursday, Feb. 4

“New Treatment for 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 a new procedure — hybrid ablation — which combines a surgical procedure and catheter ablation to treat a-fib. Join Kenneth Ellenbogen, M.D., and Vigneshwar Kasirajan, M.D., from VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, who will lead a conversation about hybrid ablation and its benefits.

Thursday, Feb. 18

“Everything You Wanted to Know About a Woman’s Heart”

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

Thursday, Feb. 25

“Peripheral Artery Disease: Current Treatment Alternatives”

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a dangerous disease that can restrict blood flow to the main arteries which include kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. Leaving this disease untreated can lead to infections and possible amputations of limbs as well as having a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. Luis Guzman, M.D., and Mark Levy, M.D., from VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, will talk about PAD and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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