Aspirus offering free seminar on Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) the most common heart condition, estimated to affect over 2.5 million Americans. AFib is a heart rhythm disorder that causes the heart to beat irregularly, greatly increasing the risk of stroke and congestive heart failure.


Aspirus Heart Care is offering a free seminar on January 18 where people can learn more about atrial fibrillation, its risks and innovative treatment options offered at Aspirus Heart Care.


The seminar is at The Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau, WI, and will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. It is free to attend, but registration is required.


Aspirus Heart Care Cardiothoracic Surgeon, John Johnkoski, M.D. and Electrophysiologist, Kevin Rist, MD PhD will provide information about traditional management, minimally invasive surgical procedures, catheter-based ablation, as well as combined catheter and surgical approaches, like the new Convergent procedure, that treat atrial fibrillation and allow people to reduce symptoms prevent strokes and live more active lives.


“The major issues with atrial fibrillation aren’t the symptoms, which are certainly troubling; rather, patients with the condition risk heart failure and stroke,” said Dr. John Johnkoski. “The risk of stroke increases about five-fold in individuals with AFib compared to those in normal sinus rhythm.”


“AFib is an electrical disorder of the heart, so prompt diagnosis is crucial,” says Dr. Kevin Rist. “It is important that you seek medical attention when you experience symptoms such as heart palpitations, lack of energy, racing irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, or “butterflies” in the chest.”


To register for this event, call 800.847.4707, Monday through Friday, 8AM-4:30 PM. Or visit