• Free Midland, Bay Programs Focus on Atrial Fibrillation

    News Release 
    MidMichigan Health
     
    For Immediate Release
    October 17, 2019
     
    Free Midland, Bay Programs Focus on Atrial Fibrillation
     
    MIDLAND, Mich. – For those with a heart that often beats too fast, too slow or irregularly, this may be a potentially dangerous condition called arrhythmia. The most common type of arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation (AFib) which currently affects five million Americans. This condition occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat too fast and with irregular rhythm. If left untreated, AFib can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications. To further educate the community on this important topic, MidMichigan Health will be hosting free community programs in Midland and Bay City.
     
    The Midland program will be held at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, 4000 Wellness Drive, Conference Rooms H1221 & H1224, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Electrophysiologist William Michael Mellana Jr., M.D., and Cardiologist Femi Showole, D.O.
     
    The Bay City program will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, One Wenonah Park Place, Davidson Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Electrophysiologists Nilofar Islam, M.D., and William Michael Mellana Jr., M.D., as well as Cardiologist/Cardiac Imaging Specialist Waleed Doghmi, M.D.
     
    Program participants will learn about AFib symptoms and diagnosis techniques, as well as the latest advancements in AFib treatment, including the Watchman™ Implant. Approved by the FDA in 2015, this implant closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage to keep harmful blood clots from forming, entering the blood stream and causing a stroke.
     
    Those interested in registering for the lecture may register online at www.midmichigan.org/afib or by calling MidMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090.
     
    MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,300 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million* in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.
     
    CAPTION: Midland program speakers – Electrophysiologist William Michael Mellana Jr., M.D., and Cardiologist Femi Showole, D.O.
     
    CAPTION: Bay City program speakers – Electrophysiologists Nilofar Islam, M.D., and William Michael Mellana Jr., M.D., as well as Cardiologist/Cardiac Imaging Specialist Waleed Doghmi, M.D.
    *FY19 number unaudited.
     
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