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October 17, 2011

HEART HEALTH EDUCATION GROUP TO LEARN ABOUT CARDIAC DEVICES

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Healthy Hearts Education Group at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) will discuss implanted cardiac devices at a meeting on Tuesday, November 1, in the medical center’s Private Dining Room One at 1 p.m. The group, which meets monthly at MRMC, encourages the public to attend this free event.

Debra Craven, a nurse practitioner with Vanderbilt Heart-Columbia, will discuss the use of pacemakers and defibrillators for those affected by heart disease. “Pacemakers and defibrillators are sometimes necessary for patients who have irregularities with their heart,” Craven said. “Pacemakers help to regulate a person’s heartbeat, while defibrillators can detect abnormal heart rhythms and deliver a shock if necessary.” 

At the upcoming meeting, Craven will explain how the devices are used and what type of care is required for those patients who have an implanted device. She will also address a number of frequently asked questions about pacemakers and defibrillators.

For more information on the Healthy Hearts Education Group at MRMC, call 931.381.1111, extension 4343.