Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support and Managing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

BOISE, ID—August 15, 2016—Mended Hearts of Boise, Chapter 380 will be hosting an educational event on Understanding and Managing Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Saint Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, in the McCleary Auditorium at 6:30 PM. This two and a half hour event is open to the public and is free of charge. “Mended Hearts is pleased to hold this important event to help the public understand and manage Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). Over three million Americans have AFib and people with AFib have a five times greater chance of having a stroke.  Managing AFib and reducing the risk of stroke is critical for the patient,” stated Craig Miller, President, Mended Hearts of Boise, Chapter 380.

Dr. Ben Taylor, cardiothoracic surgeon with Saint Alphonsus, will present important information on atrial fibrillation including what it is, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and the best options for treatment. Dr. Dan Lowery, specialist in sleep medicine, with St. Luke’s Idaho Pulmonary Associates, will address Sleep Apnea and how it relates to AFib. Dr. Jennifer Shalz, medical director of St. Luke’s Heart Health and Rehabilitation, will address the management of atrial fibrillation and signs of a stroke. Educational materials on atrial fibrillation are also available for download at

For more information, please contact Elaine Grossaint of Mended Hearts of Boise, Chapter 380 at 208-375-2408 or

About Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based, nationwide heart patient support network founded in 1951. More than 20,000 members operate through 300 chapters and satellite organizations across the U.S., with one chapter in Canada.  Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with over 450 hospitals and cardiac rehabilitation clinics offering heart patient support through visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums. Mended Hearts’ mission is “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” For more information, visit, call 888-HEART-99 or email at For a direct link to local chapter information go to

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