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Release: Feb. 6, 2001
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chats on atrial fibrillation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brian Olshansky, M.D., University of Iowa Health Care
cardiologist and professor of internal medicine, will lead an hour-long, online
question-and-answer discussion on atrial fibrillation with a nationwide audience
from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 and from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
home page under "Upcoming Events."
Atrial fibrillation is a condition of the heart characterized by an abnormally
accelerated heartbeat. It is due to an unusual source of excitatory stimuli
coming from the atrial area that take over the normal heart beat produced
by the sinoatrial node. Atrial refers to atrium, which is one of the smaller
chambers of the heart. Atrial fibrillation can be lethal if not treated in
time or appropriately. Olshansky, director of the UI Cardiac Electrophysiology
Laboratory, will discuss the condition and its treatment and answer questions
from the audience.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson,
Olshansky completed a residency in internal medicine at Bellevue and New York
Hospitals in New York City. He also completed fellowships in cardiology at
the UI Hospitals and Clinics and in electrophysiology at the University of
Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham.
After being on the faculties of University of Alabama, Case Western University
and Loyola University, Olshansky joined the UI faculty in July 2000. His clinical
expertise is in managing cardiac arrhythmias.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com
and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
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the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
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