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Kirk Laman, D.O.

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Kirk Laman is a board certified cardiologist and an expert in stress reduction. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Heart Disease and Heart Health.

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What is an Ablation?

So your heart is beating irregularly. It jumps. It skips. You’ve been diagnosed with the medical condition called Atrial Fibrillation. The question is do you need an ablation. First, if you may ask the question, “What is an ablation?” An “ablation” i...

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Electric Shock for Atrial Fibrillation: Is it Dangerous?

_"You want to do what?" she asked. _ "Because you have Atrial Fibrillation, I’d like to schedule you for an electrical cardioversion," I said. A middle-aged woman with Atrial Fibrillation was in my office. She was suffering with ...

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I have Atrial Fibrillation: Will I be on Coumadin ® Forever?

People who suffer with Atrial Fibrillation ask this question very, very frequently. It is a common worry. Why? A couple reasons seem to pop up when you ask patients. First, people are afraid of the medication used to prevent strokes called warfarin. ...

Chest Pain: When You Should See the Doctor

Chest Pain: When You Should See the Doctor

Chest pain afflicts people of all ages. It doesn’t make a distinction based on demographics or social position. Having chest pain can unnerve a person. The fear is that a heart blockage could be lurking around the corner, a blockage that could be the ...