Free Lunch & Learn Discusses AFib, Connection to Stroke Risk

Baton Rouge General will host a March 20 Lunch and Learn event on atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular and often rapid heart rate affecting nearly three million Americans.

Dr. Lance LaMotte, an interventional cardiologist with Baton Rouge Cardiology Center, will help attendees understand AFib and its related risk factors like stroke and heart failure. He will also explain treatment options, including a new heart implant surgery that can reduce stroke risk for a lifetime and eliminate the need to take blood thinners.

“A person with AFib is five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat,” said LaMotte. “The condition gets progressively worse in most people, but it is treatable, so early diagnosis is critical.”

The noon event will be held at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus, with lunch provided. The event is free, and registration is required at www.brgeneral.org .