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Free Lunch & Learn Discusses AFib, Connection to Stroke Risk

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General will host a March 20 Lunch and Learn event on atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular and often rapid heart rate affecting nearly 3 million Americans.

Dr. Lance LaMotte, an interventional cardiologist with Baton Rouge Cardiology Center, will help attendees understand AFib and its related risk factors like stroke and heart failure. He will also explain treatment options, including a new heart implant surgery that can reduce stroke risk for a lifetime and eliminate the need to take blood thinners.

“A person with AFib is five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat,” said Dr. LaMotte. “The condition gets progressively worse in most people, but it is treatable, so early diagnosis is critical.”

The noon event will be held at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus, with lunch provided. The event is free, and registration is required. Details are also available through the Facebook event.

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Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.