Croí webinar to explore managing AFib irregular heartbeat

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Heart and stroke charity Croí will hold an interactive webinar next week with leading experts to learn how to manage Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) – the most common type of irregular heartbeat.

This condition leads to an irregular, and usually fast, pulse rate, which may cause palpitations and increase the risk of having stroke, heart failure or other heart-related complications.

The free webinar takes place online on Zoom on Thursday, 9 June from 7–8pm and will address questions on AFib including signs and symptoms, steps to diagnosis, living with AFib, and management and treatment options.

Experts on the night will include: Dr Niamh Hannon, Consultant in Stroke and Geriatric Medicine, University Hospital Galway; Dr John Keaney, Consultant Cardiologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, UCD School of Health Sciences; and Ed Cherry, who will represent the patient voice by sharing his experience of AFib, from symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

The webinar will be hosted by Trish Galvin, Advanced Practice Nurse – Stroke, University Hospital Galway, with opportunities for attendees to ask their questions to the panel.

Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes, said: “Atrial fibrillation is not immediately life-threatening in the same way as some irregular heartbeats are.

“Most people are able to live full and active lives with AFib. You can do this by taking your prescribed medication, following the medical advice you received from your doctor, having regular medical check-ups and making positive lifestyle changes.”

Register now and submit questions at www.croi.ie/webinar, or call Croí on 091-544310.