American Heart Month Media Advisory

Danbury Hospital
American Heart Month

What
February is American Heart Month

When
February 2018

Why
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year, which is one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has life-saving, network-wide teams of cardiovascular specialists. They can talk about how to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and the advances in treating cardiovascular conditions.

Who
Overall Heart Health

Drs. Logue and Lomnitz specialize in cardiovascular disease. They can talk about heart health preventive measures. They can also discuss the new U.S. blood pressure guidelines published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology in November 2017, the first update on blood pressure detection and treatment since 2003.

Atrial Fibrillation

According to the American Heart Association, an irregular atrial heart rhythm, a condition called atrial fibrillation (AFib), is present in about one out of five strokes. WCHN cardiologists can help diagnose and then control AFib with safe, innovative treatment options. Drs. Chiravuri and Winslow were the first two electropysiologists in Fairfield County to implant a new, FDA-approved, leadless, pacemaker into patients at Danbury Hospital. The new device and procedure reduces the risk for infection because there is no incision, and improves the patient’s experience because the device is not visible.

Vascular Disease

Drs. Dietzek and Rizvi specialize in vascular disease. They use the latest cutting-edge techniques and minimally invasive strategies that often eliminate the need for patients to undergo major surgery.

Contact
Amy Forni, Manager, Public Relations
Western Connecticut Health Network
amy.forni@wchn.org
203-739-7478