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Release: Feb. 16, 2001

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on syncope Feb. 20

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 syncope with a nationwide audience from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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

Syncope is a fainting spell usually related to temporary insufficient blood flow to the brain. It may be caused by many different factors including emotional stress, pooling of blood in the legs due to sudden changes in body position or heavy sweating. It also may result from a number of heart disorders. Olshansky, who is director of the UI Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, will discuss the condition and current treatments, 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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