Free Community Program to Provide Information on Aortic Stenosis Diagnosis and Treatment                                                                        

WEST BRANCH, Mich. – Aortic Stenosis (AS) is a disease that narrows the opening of the heart’s aortic valve. Under this condition, the heart must work harder to pump blood to the aorta – the body’s main artery. The heart muscle eventually weakens with AS, which can affect a person’s overall health. To further educate community members on this condition, MidMichigan Health will be hosting a free community program in West Branch.

The program will be held at the Quality Inn, Forward Conference Center, Deep River Room, on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Interventional Cardiologist Maged Rizk, M.D., Ph.D., and Cardiologist Femi Showole, D.O.

Program participants will learn about AS symptoms and diagnosis techniques, as well as the latest advancements in AS treatment, including TAVR. The TAVR procedure is less invasive than surgery, as the artificial aortic valve is inserted through an artery in the neck, leg or between the ribs, and placed inside the diseased valve while the heart is still beating. The treatment is proven to consistently lengthen a patient’s life and improve his or her quality of life. Severe AS, left untreated, increases the risk for heart failure and is a life-threatening condition, with a two-year mortality rate between 50 and 60 percent, and a three-year rate less than 30 percent.

Those interested in registering for the lecture may register online at or call MidMichigan Health Line at (989) 837-9090.

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/ oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,700 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.


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