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Release: Feb. 6, 2001

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chats on atrial fibrillation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brian Olshansky, M.D., University of Iowa Health Care cardiologist and professor of internal medicine, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on atrial fibrillation with a nationwide audience from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 and from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Atrial fibrillation is a condition of the heart characterized by an abnormally accelerated heartbeat. It is due to an unusual source of excitatory stimuli coming from the atrial area that take over the normal heart beat produced by the sinoatrial node. Atrial refers to atrium, which is one of the smaller chambers of the heart. Atrial fibrillation can be lethal if not treated in time or appropriately. Olshansky, director of the UI Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, will discuss the condition and its treatment and answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Olshansky completed a residency in internal medicine at Bellevue and New York Hospitals in New York City. He also completed fellowships in cardiology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and in electrophysiology at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham.

After being on the faculties of University of Alabama, Case Western University and Loyola University, Olshansky joined the UI faculty in July 2000. His clinical expertise is in managing cardiac arrhythmias.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

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