Heart specialist discusses cause, treatment of irregular heartbeats at free seminars in Holly Lake Ranch, Hawkins

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Should you be worried if your heart skips a beat every now and then, or if it sometimes speeds up or slows down? What if you feel lightheaded during or after one of these episodes? And when is it time to see a doctor about your irregular heartbeat?

Find answers to these and other questions at “A-Fib: When Your Heart Doesn’t Beat Like It’s Supposed To,” a free “Dine with our Doctors” seminar sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Sam K. Daya, MD, an invasive cardiologist at UTHSCT, will explain how atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is diagnosed, treated, and controlled. He will discuss how untreated A-Fib can cause blood clots and weaken your heart, resulting in heart failure and stroke.

The free seminar will be offered twice. The first will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in Holly Hall at Holly Lake Ranch, located on FM 2869, north of State Highway 14, and will include a free dinner.

The second seminar will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Hawkins Community Center, 301 Lynch St. in Hawkins. It will include a lunch at no cost.

Seminars are free but seating is limited. For reservations, please call (903) 877-7147.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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