Atrial fibrillation is a common heart-rhythm problem.

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center starts its free 2018 Green Valley Lecture Series with “New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Atrial Fibrillation and Other Arrhythmias” with Dr. Peter Ott at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart-rhythm problem, particularly in people over age 60. In many cases, medications may be sufficient to control symptoms.

If medications are insufficient, an ablation procedure may be considered.

Several recent advances in technology have made this approach more promising. Ott will discuss these new treatment options, as well as strategies for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, including anti-coagulation medicine, aspirin and new options for patients unable to tolerate anticoagulants.

Ott is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and The Peter Ott Endowed Chair of Electrophysiology at the heart center.

The lecture series is free and open to the public and includes time for questions and answers.

The UA Sarver Heart Center Green Valley Lecture Series is offered in cooperation with Green Valley Recreation Inc. The lecture will be at Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. No reservation is required; refreshments will be provided.

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Upcoming Green Valley lectures include:

  • Feb. 15 – “Tour of the Heart: How Advances in Imaging Improve Diagnostics and Guide Treatments,” Dr. Raj Janardhanan, associate professor of medicine and medical imaging, UA Sarver Heart Center.
  • March 15 – “New Interventional Procedures for Heart Disease,” Dr. Tom A. Lassar, professor of medicine, UA Sarver Heart Center.

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center’s 150 members include faculty from cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric cardiology, neurology, vascular surgery, radiology, endocrinology, emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy and basic sciences. The center emphasizes a collaborative research environment, fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research working toward a future free of heart disease and stroke.

If you want to give permission for the Sarver Heart Center to contact you about heart-research studies, you can complete a cardiology research registry information form.

The academic mission of the center encompasses fellowship programs in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology and electrophysiology.