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Release Date: 05/09/2017

Wednesday, May 24, 5 – 8 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, Free of Charge

Providence, RI… Care New England Cardiovascular Care along with the Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England will offer its third annual educational forum, free to the community on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) affects more than two million people in the United States and is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

“We are very excited to provide this third annual educational forum to the many patients in our community who have atrial fibrillation," said Bruce A. Koplan, MD, MPH, director of the cardiac arrhythmia service for Care New England and a member of the Brigham and Women's Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England. “Although atrial fibrillation is very common, there are a number of different treatment options that we can offer to patients with this condition to help them live a normal life. We will answer many questions patients may have about the symptoms of AFib and how to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle once diagnosed. We look forward to building on the tremendous success of our prior events.” Forum topics will include:

  • Recognizing atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • What is atrial fibrillation?
  • Medications for rate and rhythm control
  • Lifestyle and nutrition for atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke risks & prevention
  • Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Understanding pacemakers and Afib

This educational forum for patients with AFib is being sponsored by Care New England and Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England. It is free and includes dinner. Attendees are welcome to bring a guest. For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Palmer at or (401) 737-7000 x31650.

Care New England cardiovascular services are made possible through a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. This program, staffed by Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England, provides convenient locations for its patients at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket; Women & Infants’ 90 Plain Street facility in Providence and Kent Hospital in Warwick, while offering treatment for all but the most complex cardiac diagnoses locally.

The expansion of cardiovascular services at Care New England comes after a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital established a comprehensive program at Kent Hospital in 2009. Since then, it has grown to include many additional services including advanced cardiovascular imaging modalities such as cardiac CT, the advanced valvular heart disease service, and the advanced heart failure service with transplant consultation, along with Women’s Heart Health of Women & Infants. These services are provided by board certified cardiologists and a team of Care New England nurses and clinical support staff. For a full listing of all cardiac services or more information on Care New England cardiovascular care, please visit

Care New England was founded in 1996, and is the Providence, RI-based parent organization of Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, the VNA of Care New England, The Providence Center, CNE Wellness Center and Integra, a certified ACO created in collaboration with the Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation. Care New England includes 970 licensed beds and 216 infant bassinets. Through Butler, Memorial and Women & Infants, Care New England has a teaching and research affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kent is a teaching affiliate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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