News Release

January 22, 2007

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

Discovery Series Looks at Matters of the Heart

Experts Focus on Ways to Regulate Heartbeat

FARMINGTON, CONN. – In recognition of American Heart Health Month, the UConn Health Center is presenting “Devices of the Heart” at its next Discovery Series Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Keller Auditorium. (Snow date is Feb. 15.)

Health Center experts Bruce Liang, M.D., director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, chief of the Division of Cardiology, and Ray Neag Distinguished Professor of Vascular Biology and Cardiology, and Mathias Stoenescu, M.D., director of Heart Rhythm Program at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center will be speaking, as well as heart patient William Reilly.

Implanting devices to treat arrhythmias, disorders of the regular rhythmic beating of the heart, can often be the best treatment for regulating heartbeat. Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. They may also indicate a serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden cardiac death. As many as 2.2 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, a type of rhythm problem, according to the American Heart Association.

Drs. Liang and Stoenescu will talk about the latest in cardiac devices that can control abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms and offer protection from sudden cardiac events. Mr. Reilly will share his personal story of how a cardiac device has changed his life.

There will be a free cholesterol screening in the Keller Lobby preceding the program from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Appointments for the screening and/or registration for Discovery Series are required and can be made by calling 679-7692 or 1-800-535-6232 or e-mailing to

Discovery Series programs are free and open to the public. “Devices of the Heart” is sponsored by the Heart Rhythm Program at the Calhoun Cardiology Center.

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