Spring 2012
Heart Beats, Inc. Welcomes You!

During heart month in February, the Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute launched an innovative campaign to encourage every member of our community to take his or her pulse as a way to prevent stroke. More than 400 people have called. How about you?

In case you missed the materials, we are repeating the information here for your convenience.

You haven’t been yourself lately. You can’t put your finger on what’s wrong, but something just doesn’t feel right. It could be nothing—but you could also be one of the two million adults in the United States who has atrial fibrillation (a-fib), the most common heart rhythm condition. More than half of those who have a-fib don’t even know it. That’s scary, because a-fib causes blood clots that can travel to your brain and trigger a stroke.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to detect a-fib: Check Your Pulse!

Gil Lancaster, MD

Expert physicians in the Connecticut Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Bridgeport Hospital can help by phone. Call toll free 1-855-BH-PULSE for recorded detailed instructions from Cardiologist Gil Lancaster, MD. In less than one minute, you’ll learn how to take your pulse. If your heartbeat is irregular, please see your primary care physician. If you need a doctor, we can help you find one.

Stop that stroke from happening!